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Statius’ Silvae

Statius’ Silvae Specifics regarding the life of Publius Papinius Statius (c.45 AD-96 AD) are for the most part derived from material in the Silvae. Scholars believe that Statius’ biography is recoverable. Perhaps, but most scholarly conclusions are of the speculative … Continue reading

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The Party’s Over

The Party’s Over by Ilana Mercer No good deed goes unpunished. Jeff Sessions wants to restore to America the “sound principles of asylum” and long-standing tenets of immigration law, abandoned by American leaders over the decades. That makes the attorney … Continue reading

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Aldeburgh Festival 2018

Aldeburgh Festival 2018 Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, concert given on Friday 8th June, reviewed by TONY COOPER The ongoing theme in this year’s Aldeburgh Festival (the 71st) focuses on Britten and America reflecting the year of 1948 when the … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? Lohengrin, Romantic opera in three acts, music and libretto by Richard Wagner, directed by David Alden, orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Andris Nelsons, Royal Opera, Thursday 7th June 2018, reviewed by LESLIE JONES In … Continue reading

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Antiquity Matters

Antiquity Matters Antiquity Matters, Frederic Raphael, Yale University Press, 2017, £20, 376 pp., $26.00, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN At first glance, this is a work of almost bewildering erudition. Reminded of Roberto Calasso’s Cadmus and Harmony, one prepares to sit … Continue reading

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Demonising Whites

Demonising Whites by Ilana Mercer Melinda Gates, a silly woman with an enormously wealthy husband, has decided to reinvent herself as a venture capitalist with a difference. With her husband’s billions, Mrs. Gates announced her intention to venture into funding … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, June 2018

ENDNOTES, June 2018 In this edition: a world première at the English Music Festival; preview of the 2018 Welsh Proms. For those of us driving from the South East, via Wokingham and Henley, the road to Dorchester-on-Thames (home of the … Continue reading

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Marriage Matters

Marriage Matters by Bill Hartley Periodically the question of divorce reform features in the media. The last serious attempt to bring about change was by John Major’s government which apparently ignored what students of constitutional law are taught: that no … Continue reading

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White Lines

White Lines Freud, the Making of an Illusion, Frederick Crews, Henry Holt and Co., New York, 2017, pp 746, HB, US 40$, reviewed by LESLIE JONES Frederick Crews is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California. Once an … Continue reading

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Pickled in Formaldehyde

Pickled in Formaldehyde ILANA MERCER dissects the liberal brain “There are no more civil libertarians left,” warned celebrated attorney Alan Dershowitz. The topic was the left. The location was Tucker Carlson’s TV studio, May 30. Dershowitz, a life-long liberal and … Continue reading

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