The American Spectator

American Spectator is a monthly trade magazine published by the American Spectator Foundation. Founded in 1967, the magazine covers politics, culture and current events.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 10, October

Andre the Phony Giant
Andre Malraux: A Biography Curtis Cate Fromm International /451 pages / $29.95 It would be hard to imagine an individual who more symbolizes the illusions, delusions, and disillusion of twentieth-century intellectuals than the French novelist and politician...
Behind the Reno Stonewall
REPUBLICANS SAY ATTORNEY GENERAL JANET RENO IS PLAYING POLITICS WHEN SHE REFUSES TO ASK FOR AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL TO PROBE THE CLINTON MONEY MACHINE. THEY SHOULD UNDERSTAND SHE'S UNLIKELY TO ASK FOR ONE UNTIL THE PRESIDENT SHE SERVES GIVES HER THE GO-AHEAD....
China's 22nd Province
THE CLINTON YEARS HAVE SEEN CALIFORNIA BECOME A HAVEN FOR MAINLAND CHINESE INVESTORS. BUT WHY DO SO MANY OF THEIR COMPANIES NOT EVEN LIST TELEPHONE NUMBERS? WHY ARE SOME OF THEM OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY? SHOULD THEY BE OBTAINING...
Conspiracy Talk
For starters, remember that Alger Hiss was part of one. I went to see Conspiracy Theory the other day, hoping that it might shed some light on conspiracy theories. But it turned out to be a love story, mostly, and an implausible one. The line I liked...
Correspondence
Sorry, Sal I was amused at the letter of Sal Marinello in the September issue of TAS when he stated, "A few liberals probably subscribe to the Spectator just so they can write these letters to make it appear as if there is a break in the ranks." There...
Dead Pourers Society
A Barthenon to honor some real movers and shakers. When I learned of old Benny's death-from a small, yellowed obit on the bulletin board in the Members' Bar of the National Press Cluban eerie sense of immortality overtook me: I had buried another bartender....
Flush with Shame
God truly is dead when advertisers begin to exploit Him. On page 67 of the September issue of the New Yorker, you can see a reproduction of one of the most glorious of human achievements: Michelangelo's fresco for the ceiling of the Sistine chapel. Not...
Frank Gifford's Wildest Fan
Sometimes it takes a big loser to write a winning novel. Frederick Exley was 39 years old when Random House published his first novel, A Fan's Notes, in 1968. The book's appearance was a surprise to almost everybody who knew him. Some were astonished...
Goldminer's Daughter
Rage For Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce Sylvia Jukes Morris Random House /561 pages / $30 For years biographies of women hewed strictly to the feminist formula: "rediscover" an obscure female writer or artist, call her a genius, portray her as...
India's Nasty Currents
Has the country squandered its inheritance? President Clinton no doubt meant to flatter Indians this summer when he spoke about that nation's achievement since gaining independence from Britain fifty years ago. "India," he said, "has become a model for...
No More Big Shots
Ten suggestions on how to save journalism from itself. I am journlist, hear me roar. Some two dozen of the big-shot kind have signed a statement calling for "a period of national reflection" because they are "concemed about the direction" of their profession....
Not Nice Lice
he French, during the Nazi occupation, referred to the occupiers and their sympathizers as the "Gray Lice." They were multitudinous and everywhere. Subsequent scholarship has revealed that the Gray Lice were even abundant on the Left Bank, among the...
Saint Diana
IT WAS A FAIRY-TALE FUNERAL. More than a million mourners watched the gun carriage bearing the coffin make its way from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey. All the grief that had attended the deaths of Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean, Jim Morrison, and...
Seth Lipsky's Power Forward
New York Walking the now pacified and clean streets that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has vouchsafed this city, I stop at a newsstand. New York's newsstands often provide bountiful buffets of newspapers and periodicals for the ardent reader. Here I find newspapers...
The Immunity Blow-Up
When in late July the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee voted to grant immunity from prosecution to five witnesses, it did so both despite and because of Justice Department objections. Had the department explained its concerns more skillfully, the...
The Magnificent Seven
Every one of them a Movie of the Month! Most months, since I have been writing this column, I have had to scrounge around to find just one recommendation as Movie of the Month. Sometimes I have to travel for miles. I find out-of-the-way art movies playing...
The Winter of Our Discontent
Cheer up! Conservative unhappiness has a long history. It's worth recalling that last July's failed coup against Speaker Newt Gingrich came in the wake of more than six months of conservative criticism of Republican leadership in both the House and Senate....
Up from Gunnar Myrdal
America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom Simon OP Schuster/704 pages /$32.50 America in Black and White, by Harvard history professor Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Themstrom of the Manhattan Institute,...
Watch Yourself
Sunday I have a list I keep in my head of the ten greatest consumer inventions of the twentieth century. Not stuff like atom bombs or jet airplanes or the computer, but things that make your life far more calm. High on my list are the air conditioner...
Who Is Bruce Hegyi?
RECOGNIZE THIS LAWYER? BRUCE HE GYI MAY NOT MAKE HEADLINES, BUT HE'S THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 'S MAIN MAN IN THE OTHER CAMPAIGN FINANCE SCANDAL-THE INVESTIGA TION OF RON BROWN'S TRADE MISSIONS. One night in June, Larry Klayman, the conservative lawyer...