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“Taki” Lives

November 3, 2019

It’s been seven months since I last visited something called “” and I was relieved to find that Panagiotis “Taki” Theodoracopulos was still alive and writing trenchant commentaries on life lived to the fullest.

I was relieved, since “Taki” was born in 1936 and has lived each day as if there were no more days to get laid or drunk whilst honoring his “ex” and his many male and female friends. Most of us first encountered Taki on the last page of each issue of National Review and I suspect he ventured onto the pages of his own magazine about the time that William F. Buckley, Jr. drew his last breath.

Takimag has been tarted-up by his daughter who clearly knows that her father needs guarding, but despite being a control freak, the magazine has a list of contributors to die for. Would that Bill Buckley had had a daughter! NR would be readable even after he was gone to his eternal reward.

Almost all his contributors are male–few women want to read even a word about the life of a rouéand only six of the strongest conservative women can be found on Taki’s list of contributors including Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Sarah Couto,  Marion Edwyn Harrison, Paula Young Lee and Jeannie DeAngelis.

I think I like–admire is a word for sissys–Taki because he’s a Greek and they are similar to Armenians, even half-Armenians who were born poor. There is something Armenian about a writer who refers to New York as “the big Bagel.” And, come to think of it, there are no Neoconservatives on Taki’s list of contributors. Greece paid a terrible price for being too near countries controlled by Marxists, so those ex-Trotskyites are not welcome at Taki’s magazine.

My one encounter with Taki occurred after I sent him a copy of Modern Age that featured a critique of Neoconservatives. I got to the office late and checked my voice mail and I heard a foreign voice thanking me for the issue. I immediately dialed back, but there was no access to Taki’s telephone. Had we spoken I would have invited him to lunch in the Big Bagel.

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