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A very San Franciscan president

21 October 2020 6:56 am

The most under-appreciated fact of the 2020 presidential campaign is that Kamala Harris, the woman likely to soon replace the…

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In defense of the Electoral College

20 September 2020 10:35 pm

Though often lost in the debate over the Electoral College, Article II in our Constitution created a system in which…

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Nancy Pelosi’s bad hair day

4 September 2020 12:21 pm

Does Nancy Pelosi’s unfortunate trip to a hair salon have any news value? Or is it much a hairdo about…

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California burning

30 August 2020 1:46 am

Oakland The air in Northern California was thick and yellow in November 2018. The hills were wrapped not in salty…

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Kamala Obama?

16 August 2020 2:15 am

Kamala Harris is no radical. Indeed, no matter how vaguely inclusive the label ‘progressive’ may be, Harris’s long record as…

Private tragedies: Must I Go, by Yiyun Li, reviewed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I can think of few novels as bleak or dispiriting as Yiyun Li’s 2009 debut, The Vagrants. Set in a…

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San Francisco in decay

29 July 2020 10:39 pm

District Attorney Chesa Boudin personifies everything that’s wrong with San Francisco: weak on drugs, weak on crime, weak on racist…

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In Los Angeles, school’s out…forever?

16 July 2020 9:15 am

Americans have mixed feelings about opening schools this fall. Some — like the Trump administration’s Department of Education — want…

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California spreads the wealth…to illegal immigrants

20 May 2020 5:51 am

California is mastering government of the people, by the people, for…illegal aliens? Starting this week, illegal immigrants living in California…

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Elon Musk slays California’s anti-business beast

15 May 2020 6:49 am

After a lengthy battle with public health officials in Alameda County, California, Elon Musk has emerged victorious. Tesla — the…

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Consider the costs

22 March 2020 9:33 pm

Less than 24 hours after California governor Gavin Newsom closed ‘non-essential’ businesses and ordered Californians to stay inside to avoid…

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Why Trump will win again in 2020

2 January 2020 7:44 pm

This article is in The Spectator’s January 2020 US edition. Subscribe here. My reasons for thinking Trump was going to be…

The Bears v. the Rabbits: The Feral Detective, by Jonathan Lethem, reviewed

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Jonathan Lethem’s new book is billed as ‘his first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn’, which won America’s national book critics…

LA used to be fun – dope has just made it dull

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Los Angeles stinks. Not just of the usual things: sex, money, suntan oil, hipster food, surfer wax — odours that…

Alice Waters shows the Prince of Wales around her ‘Edible Schoolyard’ garden in California

Alice’s restaurant

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Though Alice Waters is not a household name here, that is precisely what she is in America — the best-known…

Is this LA?: Dilapidated deco in Downtown

The heart of Los Angeles feels like somewhere else entirely

9 April 2016 9:00 am

There’s a certain kind of Englishman who falls hard for Los Angeles. Men such as Graham Nash, who swapped the…

Julia Garner and Lily Tomlin in ‘Grandma’

Grandma: a feminist comedy that punches magnificently above its weight

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Apologies if you were expecting a review of Star Wars here, but Disney is not allowing critics access prior to…

When flower power turned sour

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Aldous Huxley reported his first psychedelic experience in The Doors of Perception (1954), a bewitching little volume that soon became…

Portrait of the week

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Home Tom Hayes, aged 35, a former City trader who rigged the Libor rates daily for nearly four years while…

Whole worlds are conjured up in a few strokes: Watercolour at the Fitzwilliam Museum reviewed

1 August 2015 9:00 am

I learnt to splash about in watercolour at my grandmother’s knee. Or rather, sitting beside her crouched over a pad…

Richard Diebenkorn at the Royal Academy reviewed: among the best visual evocations of LA there are

21 March 2015 9:00 am

It is true that, like wine, certain artists don’t travel. Richard Diebenkorn, subject of the spring exhibition in the Royal…

Bing and Bob on the Road to Singapore. One had talent; the other tried harder

Did anyone ever really love Bob Hope?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Why does everything these days have to be a superlative? Why must writers scream for our attention, yelling that the…

The sheer stupidity of artificial intelligence

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Believers in omnipotent machine intelligence are reshaping the world to fit their fantasies

Elliot Rodger and the Hollywood ending

31 May 2014 9:00 am

I’ve found myself strangely drawn to the videos made by the 22-year-old assassin Elliot Rodger just before he went on…

Warning: upspeak can wreck your career

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Upspeak can damage your career prospects