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Christopher Sandford

Music

Jeff Beck was that good

The brilliant guitarist rejected the mainstream and never kept still musically

By Christopher Sandford

Books

The spy novelist who became an Irish nationalist

Remembering Erskine Childers 100 years later

By Christopher Sandford

Campaign 2022

Patty Murray makes an anguished face

The Democrat is in the electoral fight of her life, and surely democracy itself is at stake

By Christopher Sandford

Europe

Remembering Mussolini’s March on Rome

‘Fascist’ has become a term of abuse but nothing today measures up to Il Duce

By Christopher Sandford

International

How the British helped JFK navigate the Cuban Missile Crisis

The special relationship blossomed during a dangerous time

By Christopher Sandford

Sports

Chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer’s fall from grace

It was both acute and irreversible

By Christopher Sandford

Campaign 2022

Patty Murray is no longer endearing

Once the Washington senator had a comic touch but now she’s just embarrassing

By Christopher Sandford

Music

My night with the Rolling Stones

Recalling a drug-related adventure from the 1970s

By Christopher Sandford

Politics

Stop enabling the crisis junkies

Randomly scanning the news is enough to send anyone running for a therapist

By Christopher Sandford

Law

Are drive-by shooters victims of ‘systemic racism’?

One member of the Washington state assembly thinks so

By Christopher Sandford

Policy

Fifty years ago, D.B. Cooper changed air travel forever

The authorities may not have brought Cooper to book, but they wasted little time in punishing the rest of us

By Christopher Sandford

Politics

Nick Kristof and a tale of two Oregons

The former New York Times columnist wants to be governor. But why?

By Christopher Sandford

Music

The Rolling Stones cancel themselves

The group is canceling a ‘problematic’ hit, but that could sum up half their repertoire

By Christopher Sandford

Music

The Sting paradox

Just because he detected the modern tendency to confuse celebrity with profundity doesn’t mean he necessarily avoided it

By Christopher Sandford

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