Stephen Masty

Stephen Masty
Stephen Masty is a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. He has been a journalist, a development expert, and a speechwriter for three US presidents, British royalty and heads of government in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. He has spent most of his adulthood working in South Asia including Afghanistan, and he is presently a writer, poet and artist in Kathmandu.
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“This year’s first meeting is ending today, So what do you think all the bishops will say?” “Hunh? Why do you wait for the prelates to speak— Reporters predicted it fully last week!” “They’ll skip the formality, blessings and fuss And marry their...
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Today, 21st October, is the Feast Day of the Blessed Charles (or Karl) of Austria, beatified in 2004 by the pope Saint John Paul the Great. Revealing, startling and moving in equal measure, this is...
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Born of Magi, one of three wise men, His distant rumblings now the hopeful hear, A king to save poor Christendom again; From heathen troops without, from death and fear Is God’s own mercy surely drawing near. Whence comes our rescue...
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It is Dashain, the biggest, longest and most auspicious holiday in Nepal, so my young friend and neighbor is already growing edgy. Call him Krishna, his father is Nepal’s dean of civil engineers and his mother is...
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The deadliest tree I know lives in the middle of a cornfield, ten feet below a hairpin turn on a road between the southern Michigan towns of Jonesville and Hillsdale. Every few years since the dawn of motoring...
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Legend recalls lyricist Ira Gershwin turning up at work looking miserable and recounting to his brother, the composer George, a recurring nightmare in which Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and other classical greats “all came back to...
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American right-wingers, who dream about their states seceding, might pay special attention. While polls now switch sides daily, a September 18th yes-vote for Scottish independence will break her three centuries-old union with England, Wales and Northern...
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As Germany uncovers even more American spies in its midst, its intelligence experts consider protecting themselves from digital snooping by reverting to manual typewriters. Is this a triumph of the old over the new? Will...
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A British comedian quotes his German girlfriend complaining that one can’t get good bagels in Berlin; he pauses for effect and then asks: “Well, whose fault is that?” We might repeat the question after reading Mr. Joseph...
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As any old newspaperman can tell you, crafting headlines is a rare skill quite distinct from ordinary good writing. A New York Post example, "Headless Body in Topless Bar," is a work of art. Or when rural American...
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Bring forth thine children one and all! Call out the old from attic rooms! Down tools! Hang aprons in the hall! Fetch all not resting in their tombs! Don what finery thou might wear! Abandon, ye, thy work or play! Bear...
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Kathmandu – From Nepal’s Yeti-infested Himalayan peaks to her lowland, tiger-ridden jungles, two thousand people embracing trees do not seem a lot. More Nepalis are on motor bikes between my home and the airport. Yet the tree-huggers outnumber their...
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To a Clever Atheist It happened all by chance you said, I’ve read your tired libretto:
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We tend to look back at great talent and forget the ambition and business acumen that let artistry shine through the ages. Nobody should ignore George Frideric Handel’s (1685-1759) eye for the main chance. The young...