Christopher Sandford

Christopher Sandford is the author of numerous books, including Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini (St. Martin’s Press).

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  • To See and to Speak
    June 2012

    To See and to Speak

    Most retrospectives take the Swinging Sixties, and more particularly Swinging London, on their own terms. “Society was shaken to its foundations!” a 2011 BBC documentary on the subject shouted

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  • Get Back
    May 2012

    Get Back

    For some time now, I’ve had it in mind to write a book called Everything You Know Is Wrong. Among other areas, it would visit various modern celebrities whose fame, it could be said, is more a function of lurid self-projection, and the unrelenting embrace of the media, than of any innate creative ability on their part.

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  • My IRS Hell
    April 2012

    My IRS Hell

    There are better ways to start the week than to walk down to the mailbox on a Monday morning and find a letter bearing the return address “Internal Revenue Service—Criminal Investigation Division.”

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  • Scott of the Antarctic
    January 2012

    Scott of the Antarctic

    Very long ago, when I was at boarding school in England in the 1960’s, we had a Sunday-morning ritual following chapel. Mr. Gervis, our remote and forbidding headmaster, assembled everyone in the big hall and read to us from an improving book.

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  • October 2011

    Conan Doyle

    On the evening of September 7, 1919, 60-year-old Arthur Conan Doyle sat down in a darkened room in Portsmouth, England, to speak with his son Kingsley, who had died in the Spanish-influenza epidemic ten months earlier.

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  • Ron Sims
    August 2011

    Ron Sims

    What have I done? I have tried to find out more about Ron Sims, the deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development and previously the long-running chief executive of King County, Washington, where I live.

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  • July 2011

    That Wedding

    “She’s such an inspiration. She’s class.” That’s how 17-year-old Bianca, in her gold-lamé miniskirt, summed up Kate Middleton, 90 minutes before the British royal wedding.

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  • March 2011

    Growing Up Too Fast

    She had noticed a strange, indefinable malaise among many of the actors and actresses we met. Although fortunate by the standards of the Czech working man, they lacked what she called a “moral center.”

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  • Johnny Johnson
    December 2010

    Johnny Johnson

    For Johnny Johnson, it was always Saturday night. He was the stuff of fictional heroes who prevail over their circumstances. A British army doctor who later joined the Royal Navy, Johnny came from a broken home, never married, and eventually saw his only child given up for adoption.

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  • August 2010

    That Election

    The Cabinet Office in London’s White­­hall is not generally a hotbed of tourist activity. The building’s squat, granite façade is screened from public view by a somehow incongruously lush row of elm trees, and, within, it’s a warren of nondescript, government-furnished cubicles typically inhabited by middle-aged men in suits writing memos to one another.

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  • April 2010

    Igor Stravinsky

    It could be said that Stravinsky’s Firebird score was like experiencing Debussy heard down the wrong end of the megaphone. . .

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  • January 2010

    Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan, like many of those in the lively arts, frequently urges us to admire his present work rather than to dwell on his past triumphs, although he has been known to make an exception to the rule when it comes time to release his latest greatest-hits package.

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  • September 2009

    Bruce Springsteen

    For the life of me, I can’t see why anyone under the age of, say, 55 would want to listen to Bruce Springsteen, never mind revere him as a deep and important artist, or pay upward of $200 to be crammed into a football stadium to attend one of his concerts.

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  • June 2009

    Errol Flynn

    Errol Leslie Flynn was an unlikely icon—thin lipped, beady eyed, and blessed with a mild case of rhinophyma (big-nose syndrome), much exacerbated by booze and age, not to mention an (at one time) impenetrably thick Australian accent. On meeting the young Flynn, other children would take one look at him and burst into tears.

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  • Letter From Australia: Don Bradman
    August 2008

    Letter From Australia: Don Bradman

    The game of soccer's exact origins are a matter of scholarly debate, but it’s generally agreed that in the England of the mid-16th century the essential bat-ball combat at the heart of the proceedings had evolved far enough to be recognized as the highly structured contest enjoyed in some 80 countries, including the United States, today.

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  • May 2008

    James Stewart

    James Stewart was born 100 years ago, on May 20, 1908, the same week that Constantin Stanislavski published his “grammar” of acting at the Moscow Arts Theatre, essentially an effort to formulate a codified, systematic approach by which the actor psychologically wrenches himself into “becoming” his fictional character.

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  • Pop Culture and Politics: Passing By the Train Wreck
    October 2007

    Pop Culture and Politics: Passing By the Train Wreck

    If Macbeth were alive today, he would probably make an appearance in the public confessional with Oprah Winfrey and, in all likelihood, would emerge as a prime candidate for Big Brother or one of the other “reality” shows that crowd our airwaves.

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  • True Grit
    June 2007

    True Grit

    A remark one often hears from the current crop of film critics is that John Wayne might indeed merit the iconographic status conferred on him by tens of millions of ordinary cinemagoers around the world, were it not for the troubling matter of his alleged evasion of military service during World War II.

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  • Pop Idols
    January 2006

    Pop Idols

    The English middle orders from Ruskin onward have had an inbred prejudice against America.

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  • December 2005

    An Enduring Feast

    Some cult writers are admired more for what they mean than for what they accomplish. The works of the novelist, diarist, and prolific reviewer Anthony Powell (1905-2000) enjoyed only modest commercial success.

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