Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

The Arts of Cheerfulness


Third Thursday of the month, in season, is club night — the meeting, that is, of my gents’ dinner club in New York City.

We are a heterogeneous crowd: lawyers, doctors, writers, academics, a violinist, an ex-diplomat, some business types. The club’s been in business for decades. Bill Buckley was a member, showing up at our meetings almost to the end of his life. Occasional drop-ins include a famous novelist, a bestselling historian, a local politician. We gossip, trade political speculations, and generally have someone interesting as an invited guest speaker. It’s a fun evening. Everyone should have a club.

The origins

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Books, Arts & Manners




Finding Hassett’s premise unsatisfactory regarding racial differences in layoff rates.
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The Week

During the eight years of George W. Bush, we heard constantly that dissent is the highest form of patriotism.


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