The Mark Steyn Weekend Show
We launched The Mark Steyn Club just a few weeks ago, and I'm immensely heartened by all the longtime SteynOnline regulars - from Cleveland to the Cook Islands, Vancouver to Vanuatu, Hungary to Hong Kong - who've signed up to be a part of it. As I said at the time, membership isn't for everyone, but it is a way of ensuring that all our content remains available for everyone - all my columns, audio interviews, video content, all our movie features and songs of the week. None of it's going behind a paywall, because I want it out there in the world, being read and heard and viewed, and maybe changing an occasional mind somewhere along the way. The point of The Mark Steyn Club is to come up with a way to keep funding some of the more logistically complex and labor-intensive stuff, like my interview with the doughty Douglas Murray, or the live show from Ottawa. So I thank those longtime readers, listeners and viewers who've volunteered to be part of that.
That said, we are introducing a few bonuses for our Club Members - not locking up our regular content, which will always be free, but admitting members to a few experimental features, such as today's new video divertissement. This latest innovation features some classic poetry I've mentioned in my books and columns over the years - verse that speaks to our own age as much as the poet's own. As I said in May when we introduced our audio adventure Tales for Our Time, if it turns out a total stinkeroo, we shall never speak of it again. But, if it avoids stinkeroo status, we may put it on DVD or some digital download format at Amazon. So bear with us, because it's a work in progress.
I thought an ongoing weekend poetry anthology might be a useful addition to the SteynOnline line-up, in part because, if it turns out that poetry on TV is where the big bucks are, I'll look like a genius. And, if that's not the case, then more modestly I'd like to do my bit to keep some of this stuff in circulation. As you might have noticed from recent asides in print, on radio and on TV, I'm concerned about the loss, in the broadest sense, of our cultural inheritance - the once widely recognized allusions that fewer and fewer people know. I never thought I had a spectacular education, but by the time I was a teenager I had more lines of English verse bobbing around in my head than my own kids. And I think that's a loss for all of us - as Ray Bradbury understood when he chose today's poem for a critical moment in Fahrenheit 451. It's Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold.
Arnold's short poem is a famous piece that helped clarify my thoughts at a critical moment in America Alone, and I've quoted it on other occasions since. In today's episode I'll explain why. It's a great poem, and a fine place to start our video anthology. To watch it (or hear it), prefaced by my introduction, please click here and log-in.
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One other benefit to Club Membership is our Comment Club privileges. So, if you like or dislike this brand new feature, or consider my poem reading a bust, then feel free to comment away below. I weigh in on the comment threads myself from time to time, but sparingly - because it's mainly your turf, so have at it (in verse, if you wish).
from A Clubman's Notes, July 9, 2017
Michael Keaton's biopic of the man behind McDonald's; a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore; and Canada's disco diva Patsy Gallant recalls Ă‰dith Piaf:
Mark talks to the screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd about politics and popular culture, movies and the military:
Mark closed out the recent Manning Centre conference with a live stage performance of The Mark Steyn Show from Ottawa. The show includes Steyn on free speech, obscure Canadian jokes about Sir Mackenzie Bowell's fisheries minister, questions from the audience, and a live performance by the great Tal Bachman of a classic Canadian song:
On this edition of The Mark Steyn Weekend Show, Mark talks to bestselling novelist and screenwriter Andrew Klavan about the intersection of politics, culture and religion in the Age of Trump.
After that, a musical palate klezmer - er, palate cleanser: the Klezmer Conservatory Band crowd onto the Steyn stage for a live tribute to Leonard Cohen - plus an especially wild finale:
The bestselling novelist Lionel Shriver discusses The Mandibles, a vision of America after the dollar's collapse. Plus the 90th anniversary of Fritz Lang's masterpiece, Metropolis, and there's live music from twelve-time Grammy winner Cheryl Bentyne:
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