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Part of my job is to pass comment on "The Culture." That encompasses any kind of entertainment (though naturally with a strong emphasis on the stuff that entertains me) as well as issues relating to education, style and fashion, popular intellectual fads, and so on. Nostalgia pieces, which I am regrettably prone to, also come in here.

Date Place Title Topic
2015
July 9, 2015 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri Advice to investors
To cheat one Greek
Life lessons from an elder
Beware of the Kultprop
In and out with Derb
Taboos of the time
Veterans?
July 2, 2015 Taki's Magazine Don't Sup with a FUP Drink tea with the bourgeoisie.
June 18, 2015 Taki's Magazine Nothing Is Real A half-baked theory.
May 28, 2015 Taki's Magazine Follow Heart Whatever Desire Turning seventy.
May 21, 2015 Taki's Magazine Nye Lied, I Sighed You should see me in a thong.
May 7, 2015 Taki's Magazine The Case for Natural Stupidity Fending off the robocalypse.
April 16, 2015 Taki's Magazine Cops and Robbers Good cop, bad cop.
April 9, 2015 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri Virtue totalitarianism
Tabloid headlines
Qing Ming
Easy Rider revisited
The Moynihan Report 50 years on
April 2, 2015 Taki's Magazine A Civilization Steeped in Dishonesty Groveling to the Homintern.
March 26, 2015 Taki's Magazine The Nerdcom In which our author watches a TV show.
March 19, 2015 Taki's Magazine Quote, Unquote Wind your watch, check your quotations.
March 12, 2015 Taki's Magazine Hysteria, Bad Taste, and a Loss for Oklahoma Why is bad taste a hanging offense?
February 26, 2015 Taki's Magazine The Future of Girlification Back to the Paleolithic?
February 12, 2015 Taki's Magazine If You Were Curious … FAQs.
January 22, 2015 Taki's Magazine The Tyranny of the Bookish And the poor souls trapped in Book Hell.
January 15, 2015 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri The Age of Krapp
Spongebob Squarefree
Stupid impulse purchase of the year
Smart impulse purchase of the year
New taboo word
Woodchipper humor
Animal crackers
Who are we?
2014
December 11, 2014 Taki's Magazine Derbyshire's Desert Island Eight songs, a book, and a luxury.
October 23, 2014 VDARE Opera Notes Tolerance, Multiculturalism, Immigration — And Toreadors
October 23, 2014 Taki's Magazine The Optimistic Column Always look on the bright side.
October 9, 2014 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri Zero shades of gray
Forgetting how to hate
For the Engineer in Your Soul
Absimilation
Daemonical Hints of Truth
No hiding place
September 4, 2014 Taki's Magazine Alaska Diary Visiting the Last Frontier.
July 31, 2014 Taki's Magazine Red Pill Blues The ups and downs of Depressive Realism.
July 24, 2014 Taki's Magazine Sorry, Ladies: The Great Chain of CultMarx Who? Whom?
July 10, 2014 Taki's Magazine One Cheer for Meritocracy Orwell and Waugh: the same man?
July 3, 2014 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri You can't faze a New Yorker
Animals more interesting than celebrities
Best bathroom book ever
Americans have no clue about race
Memorizing the Constitution
Three words for one
June 26, 2014 Taki's Magazine Of Meth and Men Breaking Bad.
June 12, 2014 Taki's Magazine Shame's Cathedral Visiting the 9/11 memorial & museum.
May 29, 2014 Taki's Magazine Reason is Racism, Ignorance Is Strength Debate debased.
May 22, 2014 Taki's Magazine Confessions of a Middlebrow Wading for clams.
April 17, 2014 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri Standing up for work;
Who we are;
Alternative history;
What blacks are interested in;
A working philosophy
April 3, 2014 Taki's Magazine This I Believe An exercise in clarification.
March 27, 2014 Taki's Magazine Goodnight, Little Jim 101 improving gems.
February 13, 2014 Taki's Magazine Baby Steps Towards Race Realism PC won't last for ever.
January 30, 2014 Taki's Magazine Dark Thoughts Some British hacks discover the Dissident Right.
January 23, 2014 Taki's Magazine Give Grass a Pass Let 'em smoke it if they want to.
January 16, 2014 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri Tightwad Corner;
How to open a safe;
Al Goldstein, RIP;
Weather: the English philosophy;
Planned obsolescence;
Nut Kune Do;
Country of the year;
The war to end all wars;
I guess it's great, but I still wish I'd never heard of it;
Today's Army
January 9, 2014 Taki's Magazine You Rang, Sir? Why do people like Downton Abbey?
2013
December 5, 2013 Taki's Magazine Meet the Techintern Will they secede?
November 14, 2013 Taki's Magazine Seven Hours in Coach Come fly with me.
November 7, 2013 Taki's Magazine When the Military Pushed Back Thd Curragh Mutiny remembered.
October 24, 2013 Taki's Magazine A Harangue About Slang Language is, like, the dress of thought, innit?
October 17, 2013 Taki's Magazine A Whining Pretension to Goodness Clear your mind of cant.
October 3, 2013 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri The disappearing middle;
Mnemonicizing the Civil War;
Right and wrong;
Beats the band;
Smart mice
September 19, 2013 Taki's Magazine The Lost Art of Stasis Don't just do something — sit there!
September 5, 2013 Taki's Magazine The Cruelty of the Overclass Vae victis.
July 11, 2013 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri Oops, I did it again;
Hank's last drive;
Randomness in St. Louis;
What happened in the fifties;
The coming Midas Plague
June 27, 2013 Taki's Magazine The Cold Civil War Grinds On Some current skirmishes.
June 13, 2013 Taki's Magazine The Sexual Harassment Panic Mars and Venus.
May 23, 2013 Taki's Magazine Cultural Marxism Demands a Sacrifice The appalling case of
Frank Borzellieri.
May 16, 2013 Taki's Magazine Ideological Castration Civilization's front line troops
desert their posts.
May 2, 2013 Taki's Magazine Where the Men Are Chicks who dig psychopaths.
April 25, 2013 Taki's Magazine Boston Bombing Footnotes Ironies, coincidences, and historical echoes.
March 27, 2013 VDARE Homosexual Marriage: Could
the Pendulum Swing Back?
You can't second-guess history.
March 14, 2013 Taki's Magazine Plus Ça Change Things don't change much, until they do.
March 7, 2013 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri Assholes, Parsifal, true worries,
hippophagy, reactionary wisdom.
February 21, 2013 Taki's Magazine The Book: An Elegy We won't burn books;
we'll just forget about them.
January 31, 2013 Taki's Magazine Spare a Thought for
the Late Abandoners.
Pry my KEDIT from my cold dead hands.
January 24, 2013 Taki's Magazine One World, One Song My pitch for the 2017 Inauguration.
January 10, 2013 Taki's Magazine Sectionalism, Then and Now An American invariant.
2012
December 20, 2012 Taki's Magazine Grief, Chaos, and Silence Responding to a massacre.
November 29, 2012 Taki's Magazine The Quarterly Potpourri Abstract politics, killing birds,
admiring birds, missing lunatics.
November 29, 2012 VDARE Keeping Up With
The Dark Enlightenment
My Google Reader roll.
September 27, 2012 Taki's Magazine A Day at the Opera Absurd, but enchanting.
September 20, 2012 Taki's Magazine Heavy Petting The sure sign of a rational being.
August 30, 2012 Taki's Magazine Eat the Rich? Nah — just the politicians.
August 16, 2012 Taki's Magazine Odds, Sods, & Gods My quarterly potpourri.
August 15, 2012 VDARE My Future As a Zek I contemplate life in the camps.
August 9, 2012 Taki's Magazine Si Jeunesse Savait, Si Vieillesse Pouvait Getting things done.
August 2, 2012 Taki's Magazine Pathologies of Our Peculiar Age The 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
July 19, 2012 Taki's Magazine Things Fall Apart Or if they don't, we can take them apart.
June 7, 2012 Taki's Magazine Embracing Unemployment As jobs disappear.
May 31, 2012 Taki's Magazine Napoleon Dynamite A vision on the Jericho Turnpike.
May 24, 2012 Taki's Magazine Going Out With a Bang
Instead of a Whimper
I will not wear diapers.
May 17, 2012 Taki's Magazine It's My Column and I'll
Write What I Want To
A potpourri of unconnected items.
May 16, 2012 VDARE Derb — The Gift That Keeps On Giving! This show will run and run.
May 10, 2012 Taki's Magazine Ridding Myself of the Day The age of distraction.
May 3, 2012 VDARE The Kindness of Strangers And a modest tithing.
March 22, 2012 Taki's Magazine My Mother the Nurse A centenary.
March 15, 2012 Taki's Magazine When Sci-Fi Dared to Dream Growing up in the Golden Age.
2011
December 29, 2011 Taki's Magazine The Year in the Rear-View That was the year that was.
December 1, 2011 Taki's Magazine Life at the Bottom The bungled and botched.
November 17, 2011 Taki's Magazine Warming Up to the Sunshine State With the help of Salvador Dalí.
October 6, 2011 Taki's Magazine Is the Present Better Than the Past? Yes, with qualifications.
August 15, 2011 National Review The Failing of the Fishwrap Will your breakfast newspaper meet
the News of the World in oblivion?
July 21, 2011 Taki's Magazine What Shall We Do With the Kids? Repeal child-labor laws!
July 14, 2011 Taki's Magazine How D'Ya Like Them Apples? Another skirmish in the Forever War.
June 30, 2011 Taki's Magazine You're Not Supposed to Notice Striving to be a good American.
June 16, 2011 Taki's Magazine Wishing I'd Played the Ponies Just to keep 'em going.
February 24, 2011 Taki's Magazine Make Love, Not War Castrating the military.
2010
December 8, 2010 Taki's Magazine The Virtue of Selective Mourning Who loves ya?
December 1, 2010 Taki's Magazine The Pleasures of Travel Pat me down, please.
November 3, 2010 Taki's Magazine It's That Man Again The one with the
    Charlie Chaplin moustache.
October 27, 2010 Taki's Magazine Reading the New York Times So you don't have to.
October 20, 2010 Taki's Magazine The Solipsism of John Edgar Wideman Black black blackety black.
September 8, 2010 Taki's Magazine Still Bowling Alone Robert Putnam's hopes (mostly) dashed.
August 27, 2010 NRO Race to Nowhere Tear down that school!
August 18, 2010 Taki's Magazine Lost in Time Tracking the Zeitgeist.
July 15, 2010 NRO Jobs Americans Should Not Have To Do Both manual and clerical.
2009
July 27, 2009 Taki's Magazine Gossipedia Dealing with Wikipedia.
May 7, 2009 NRO Snow on Mt. Olympus "Two Cultures," 50 years on.
February 23, 2009 The American Conservative How Radio Wrecks the Right Where on the air waves
  is middlebrow conservatism?
February 14, 2009 NRO Love, Love, Love Romance heads back to the Paleolithic.
February 2009 The New Criterion On Being Translated into Russian On the pleasures of fellowship
  at the margins of literary life.
January 16, 2009 NRO Short-changing the Gifted No more Advanced Placement Italian.
2008
July 22, 2008 NRO Talking to the Plumber Living with a cognitive elite.
February 14, 2008 NRO The Mendacity of Hope He'll do — the case for "settling."
January 15, 2008 VDARE Flashman, Ron Paul,
  James Kirchick — And Liberty
Revenge of the geezers.
2007
November 20, 2007 VDARE Diversity Boot Camp Indoctrination at Delaware U.
August 29, 2007 NRO When Foreigners Were Funny They still are, but we can't say so.
August 2007 New English Review Happy Talk No bad news, please.
July 9, 2007 NRO Lost Eden. Heinlein's America.
July 2, 2007 The American Conservative Better Dead than Rude. Thoughts on political correctness.
May 9, 2007 NRO From A to B The traffic of the world.
March 1, 2007 NRO Mind You Don't Get Zumboed Passion and solidarity on gun rights.
February 9, 2007 NRO Fly Me to the Moon Astronaut love triangle.
January 8, 2007 NRO Big Easy Fleeting impressions of New Orleans.
2006
November 27, 2006 NRO Well I Never Never did this, never did that.
August 23, 2006 NRO Rocky Mountains Diary Derbs do the Rockies.
July 31, 2006 NRO Penny for Your Thoughts My two cents' worth.
May 1, 2006 NRO Ner's One-Time Revolution The founder of Playboy turns 80.
May 2006 New English Review The Joy of Vex A useful word.
March 9, 2006 NRO You Don't Know Jack Getting to know people(s).
February 22, 2006 NRO The Lotus Eaters Decline of the American working class.
2005
November 23, 2005 NRO The Luckiest Generation A boomer marvels at his luck.
October 27, 2005 NRO Teach Your Children Well Am I a good parent?
October 13, 2005 NRO Does Anyone Have a Clue? Not me.
September 28, 2005 NRO Don't Think Twice An appreciation of Bob Dylan.
May 25, 2005 NRO Pop Culture Is … Nourishing According to Steven Johnson.
February 22, 2005 NRO Down Among the Diversitoids I mingle with the pod people.
January 12, 2005 NRO We And They With charity towards some.
January 5, 2005 NRO A Day in the Life First "working" day of the year.
2004
December 13, 2004 NRO Leading Lights Who are our intellectuals?
September 22, 2004 NRO Dear Derb Readers write: I respond.
July 19, 2004 NRO Sleepless in Suburbia In the long dark watches of the night.
June 21, 2004 NRO Derbsday Move over, James Joyce.
June 14, 2004 NRO The Cant of Our Age "Bigotry and prejudice," etc.
March 24, 2004 NRO Beyond Tolerance Derb vs. Peggy
March 22, 2004 National Review The Abolition of Sex No sex, please, we're British.
March 4, 2004 NRO Calling Down Fire
On Your Own Position
A storm in a "diversity" teacup.
February 20, 2004 NRO The Book of Love Squishy, Tweety, Froggy, Cozyball,
  and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
January 9, 2004 NRO Britney's Wedding
— Oh, the Humanity!
A terrible warning.
January 6, 2004 NRO The Deplorable Words You know the words I mean.
2003
November 10, 2003 National Review NASCAR Nation I go to a stock car race.
October 24, 2003 NRO Alabama Diary (2) I visit the Cotton State (Part 2).
October 22, 2003 NRO Alabama Diary (1) I visit the Cotton State (Part 1).
August 1, 2003 NRO The Importance of
Not Thinking Too Much
Analysis paralysis.
July 10, 2003 NRO White Like Me An exercise in Whiteness Studies.
July 2, 2003 NRO Feelings, Wo Wo Wo Feelings Let me share.
June 30, 2003 National Review Throw the Bums Out From "vagrant" to "homeless."
June 13, 2003 The New York Sun Filial Reflections Father's Day thoughts.
June 5, 2003 NRO Justice Turned Upside Down Britain's gun laws, and New York's.
May 22, 2003 NRO Journalists Are Scum And I can prove it.
May 19, 2003 NRO End of the Line San Francisco's homeless.
May 5, 2003 National Review How Cheap Is Your Manhood? Warrior envy.
April 28, 2003 NRO The Life Parents vs. Bohemia
March 5, 2003 NRO Spongebob Squarepants Who lives ina pineapple under the sea?
February 21, 2003 NRO Children of a Conservative God Homage to the Bundys.
February 13, 2003 NRO Necessary But Impossible Things we should do but can't.
February 11, 2003 NRO More Wrestling Than Dancing What's going on? I haven't a clue.
February 6, 2003 NRO The Last Days? The end of a golden age.
January 29, 2003 NRO The Old, Weird America Tribute to Hank Williams.
January 15, 2003 NRO You Heard It Here First I told you so.
January 20, 2003 NRO Onomastic Diversity Vollie Mae, meet Dozine.
2002
December 24, 2002 NRO FAQs 2002 The things people ask.
December 21, 2002 NRO On Liberty Is there a road back?
November 14, 2002 NRO The Age of Google Praise for a search engine.
November 12, 2002 NRO The Law's Delay Dysfunction in
    the criminal justice system.
November 5, 2002 NRO That's Not Funny What makes us laugh.
October 11, 2002 NRO Like An Owl Exploding The Poet Laureate of New Jersey speaks.
October 3, 2002 NRO Hymn to Western Civ Things the PC police can't hide.
October 1, 2002 NRO Hate, Horace, and Homer They say it's OK.
September 12, 2002 NRO Niggling Doubts The PC word killers …
and a point of civility.
August 2, 2002 NRO Unpleasant Truths You hate to hear them.
June 18, 2002 NRO Outrages of the Week John Gotti, Jiang Zemin,
    and Mick Jagger.
May 24, 2002 NRO Better Dead Than Rude Let's not offend anyone.
April 8, 2002 NRO Excuse Me … Mind your manners.
March 8, 2002 NRO A Day in the Life Civilization and its discontents.
March 1, 2002 NRO The Ghoul Impulse Getting to know the Grim Reaper.
February 26, 2002 NRO The Hidden Hand of EFTA It's easier for them.
February 14, 2002 NRO Kill Two Cops, Write a Book A case for capital punishment.
February 8, 2002 NRO Sweet and Sour Not even Mike Tyson can kill boxing.
February 7, 2002 NRO Caveat Enron Capitalism, it's wonderful.
February 5, 2002 NRO How Much Has Really Changed? Since 9/11/01, that is.
January 28, 2002 NRO Minoritarianism Cure worse than disease.
January 17, 2002 NRO Less Guns, More Crime Dodge City, UK.
January 15, 2002 NRO Take Me to Your Leader Leadership, and where to find it.
January 11, 2002 NRO Af-Am Nonsense Harvard's race problems.
2001
December 20, 2001 NRO Make Your Yuletide Gay But watch out for Sodomite patrols!
December 18, 2001 NRO The Pointe of It All Nuts about the Nutcracker.
December 17, 2001 National Review Studyin' War Some More Who wants to?.
December 13, 2001 NRO The Nincompoop Prize Don't know art
    but know what I like.
November 28, 2001 NRO Making the Grade Grade inflation at Harvard.
November 22, 2001 NRO Sing, con allegria! But nobody does any more..
November 8, 2001 NRO Dreaming for the Whole World Why is the West so creative?
October 30, 2001 NRO XPect the Worst Upgrade? Me? Not bloody likely.
October 23, 2001 NRO Emotional Correctness It's OK to laugh … but at what?
October 15, 2001 National Review At First Glance The new world of racial profiling.
October 3, 2001 NRO The Other War Appreciating The New Criterion.
October 1, 2001 National Review Maternal Madness Honey, I drowned the kids.
September 28, 2001 NRO Pest Control I kill a rat.
September 3, 2001 National Review Do Tell The joy of gossip.
August 28, 2001 NRO It's a Woman's World Males are surplus to requirements.
August 23, 2001 NRO Scribble, Scribble, Scribble My new novel.
July 9, 2001 National Review Stars Above! Astrology in the ascendant.
June 25, 2001 National Review Thanks for the Memories The pleasures of rote learning.
June 21, 2001 Taki's Top Drawer Playing the Flute Thinking about fellatio.
June 19, 2001 NRO Ma, Ma, Where's My Pa? Fatherless kids on Father's Day.
June 11, 2001 National Review Situation Normal I'm normal, you're boring, he's conformist.
June 7, 2001 NRO FAQs Roundup from my emailbag.
June 5, 2001 NRO The Demon Rum Lips that touch liquor
    shall never touch mine.
May 28, 2001 National Review The Problem with "Zero" Zero tolerance in U.S. schools.
May 22, 2001 NRO A Date with Ally McBeal I watch TV.
May 17, 2001 NRO Whoever Causes One
of These to Sin
Turning young people into homosexuals.
May 8, 2001 NRO Six of the Best The case for child-beating.
May 3, 2001 NRO The Pity of War Who wants to be a soldier?
April 25, 2001 The Houston Review How Perfectly Disgusting Limits to the acceptance of homosexuality.
April 24, 2001 NRO Linguistically Challenged Who needs to talk foreign?
April 16, 2001 National Review Is This All We Can Be? The modern military, and
    what to do about it.
March 27, 2001 NRO Fund Junoir ROTC The case for high-school
    military training.
March 23, 2001 NRO What Kind of Elite Do We Want? David Brooks meets the meritocrats.
March 13, 2001 NRO Lessons From an Asian Yugoslavia Multiculturalism and multiracialism.
February 19, 2001 National Review The Case for Racial Profiling A modern shibboleth.
March 7, 2001 NRO Senator Byrd's N-Word Congress hit by Elderly Tourette's Syndrome.
February 13, 2001 NRO Begging Your Pardon Back online after two months.
February 9, 2001 NRO Racial Profiling: A Rejoinder
to Roger Clegg
My half of a web exchange.
February 6, 2001 NRO Mister. Bill. O. Reilly The man behind the Factor.
January 5, 2001 NRO Race on Wall Street Cost of doing business.
2000
December 21, 2000 NRO Silent Night My system has crashed.
November 20, 2000 National Review The End of the Ectomorph What happened to the skinny male?
November 2, 2000 NRO Son of Ten More Things Review of readers' reactions to
    "Ten More Things …"
October 31, 2000 NRO Ten More Things You
Can't Say In America
Some additions to
    Larry Elder's Ten Things You
        Can't Say In America
.
October 26, 2000 NRO Cha-a-arge! On being a Yankee fan.
October 9, 2000 National Review First Amendment First It's the culture.
September 28, 2000 NRO Rethinking the Olympics Does the Olympics have any point? Maybe.
September 26, 2000 NRO Aux Armes, Citoyens! I attend a gun rally.
September 9, 2000 NRO Shot Through the Heart Me and my handgun.
August 28, 2000 National Review The Future of English Of the English language, that is.
August 21, 2000 NRO Is Antisemitism Dead? I don't think so.
August 10, 2000 NRO She Was Just Someone Execution of a low-IQ murderer in Texas.
August 8, 2000 NRO Boomer Dilemmas How perfectly tasteless.
July 18, 2000 NRO Madam, You Are a Parallelogram Hillary's ethnic slur.
July 17, 2000 National Review The Longest, Awfullest Game Soccer, of course.
July 1, 2000 NRO Airing It Out I jump out of a plane.
June 19, 2000 NRO Stand There and Enjoy It Attacks on women in Central Park.
June 19, 2000 National Review Store of Stores A hymn to the Big Orange.
June 13, 2000 NRO Conservative Writer
Seduced by Gays
I visit the meat-packing district.
April 17, 2000 National Review Dr. Laura Non Grata Dr. Laura Schlessinger's clash
  with the homosexual lobbies.
April 3, 2000 NRO The Ph.D. With the Lamp Nursing, then and now.
January 17, 2000 The Weekly Standard The Onomastic Cringe Who the hell are the Roma?
1998-1999
August 24, 1999 The New York Times A Library That's All Too Free NY Public Library should charge fees.
April 19, 1999 National Review The Anxious Class Revolutions in our private lives,
    financial and sexual.
March 22, 1999 National Review The Vital Middle In praise of suburbia.
October 26, 1998 National Review Shall We Dance? I discover ballroom dancing.