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Week in review

by Benjamin Riley

Posted: Feb 05, 2016 12:39 PM

Heinrich Bunting, Map of Europa Regina, ca. 1581

Recent links of note:

Everything has gone right for the Eurosceptics. So why are they in crisis?
James Forsyth, The Spectator
Europe is in crisis. The ecumenical experiment whereby millions of migrants were accepted into unsecured borders with nary a background check has proved disastrous. The Eurozone economy is continually unsound and new tax proposals have member states upset. In short, those supporting the so-called “Brexit” could not have drawn up more favorable conditions in which to make their case for Britain leaving the Eurozone. And yet, the “out” vote trails the “in” by a not insignificant margin. This week in The Spectator, James Forsyth expounds on the ways in which the “out” camp has squandered its dream opportunity. Chief among them is the lack of a unified voice; as Forsyth puts it, “The arguments for Brexit are all there, waiting for someone persuasive to marshal them.” Pray that someone does. 

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Meet the Met

by James Panero

Posted: Feb 04, 2016 03:34 PM

Recently I visited every gallery in the main building of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—in a single day. In today's Wall Street Journal, I describe what it was like to see over four hundred galleries, and just what I discovered on this Grand Tour.

I knew it would be a challenge. There are tens of thousands of objects on display out of more than 1.5 million in the permanent collection, overseen by 2,200 employees and 17 curatorial departments. They are spread across some two million square feet of space occupying two-plus floors, and housed in over 400 galleries, period rooms, and installations—a mind-boggling array. A few weeks earlier, when I asked Thomas P. Campbell, the Met’s director, how long it would take to see every room, he said: “Two years.

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Have We Reached Peak Trump?

by Roger Kimball | from PJ Media

Posted: Feb 03, 2016 06:14 PM

Ted Cruz confounded the pundits in Iowa. Will the same happen in New Hampshire?

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What Iowa Means

by Roger Kimball | from PJ Media

Posted: Feb 02, 2016 07:48 PM

Cruzing to victory in Iowa.

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New York's new maestro

by Eric C. Simpson

Posted: Feb 02, 2016 11:04 AM

Jaap van Zweden; photo by Marco Borggreve, courtesy IMG Artists


The New York Philharmonic is in the midst of a major facelift—they have already brought in a new Concertmaster and Chairman, and by 2021 they will have a new Music Director and more or less a new concert hall, as well.

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Oxford Sees the Light

by Roger Kimball | from PJ Media

Posted: Feb 01, 2016 07:17 PM

Who's Afraid of Cecil Rhodes?

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What to Do About the Bane of Inequality, A First Step

by Roger Kimball | from PJ Media

Posted: Jan 30, 2016 08:28 AM

Are Ivy League institutions too rich?

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Week in review

by Benjamin Riley

Posted: Jan 29, 2016 03:30 PM

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, via

Recent links of note:

The Humbling of the West
Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal
As if the West's recent diplomatic capitulation to Iran weren't embarassing enough, the consequences felt in Italy make clear just what sort of "deal" we've gotten. President Hassan Rouhani visits Italy, and the Capitoline Museum covers nude statuary; later, Italy's President, Matteo Renzi refuses to serve wine at a state dinner. And here we see just how sinister the "deal" was. Not only must we now trade in Iranian goods, giving immense economic support to an almost unthinkably repressive regime, but we must also subordinate ourselves to the country's nugatory notions. As Daniel Henninger says in in the Journal, now that the onslaught has begun it's hard to foresee where it will stop.

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by Jay Nordlinger

Posted: Jan 28, 2016 02:35 PM

Jaap van Zweden. Image by Hans van der Woerd, courtesy IMG Artists.

I have heard some people say, “Congrats, Jaap!” They are referring to Jaap van Zweden, who has just been named the next music director of the New York Philharmonic. I’m more inclined to say, “Congrats, Phil.”—you got Jaap. And you chose well.

This decision reaffirms the Philharmonic’s commitment to being a serious orchestra. I don’t know what Jaap van Zweden brings you “politically.” But he is an excellent and potentially great conductor. On purely musical grounds, this is a wonderful choice.

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