Chronicles Magazine September 2018

Fascism, Real and Imagined

Twenty years ago I somehow managed to get my act together and get out of Paris, where I had haunted a cheap hotel for a year in the wake of the death of Princess Diana like the ghost of the Marlon Brando character in Last Tango in Paris.

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  • REVIEWS

    A View From Across the Pond

    If ever there was a democratic election in a giant modern nation-state, it was Donald J. Trump’s victory in 2016. And I’ve closely watched every presidential election since I was nine in 1964, when Lyndon Johnson lied his way to a landslide...

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  • REVIEWS

    Ask Jeeves

    Some of the best-loved characters in English literature are observed only dimly through the eyes of an unreliable first-person narrator; like fish seen through the glass of a tank, they swim toward us, momentarily dazzling in their colors, before...

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  • The Music Column

    The Pavarotti Effect

    I have been told that there is something called the “Pavarotti Effect,” and that this phenomenon is observable and definable. Perhaps sometimes the Pavarotti Effect was an affect, or perhaps it was subsumed by the “Superstar Effect,” as Sherwin...

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  • IN THE DARK

    Desperate Fatties

    This month we have two—you’ll excuse the expression—art-house films: You Were Really Never Here and Tully. Both feature actors—Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron—who heroically gained 50 pounds to play their roles.

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