A Se’nnight of Steyn, April 15-21

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to our readers around the world – and please keep in your prayers the more than 200 people murdered in attacks on Easter Mass at Sri Lankan churches and at hotels in Colombo. On this Easter morn, we have a movie on the meaning and a song for the season – and an especially timely Tale for Our Time: Steyn reads pertinent passages from Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame de Paris.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here’s how the last seven days looked to Mark:

~The week began with a brand new edition of Steyn’s Sunday Poem celebrating the bicentennial of Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn – and a Song of the Week celebrating a song for sanctuary cities. Steyn’s Sunday Poem is made possible by the support of members of The Mark Steyn Club, for which we’re very grateful. We’re about to celebrate the Club’s second birthday, so, if you’ve been waiting to see if we’re in it for the long haul before signing up, you’ll find more details here.

~Mark’s Monday Notebook explored woke razors, gay rugger and Theresa May’s disturbing Internet crackdown.

~At the start of Holy Week, on Monday evening in Paris, Notre Dame cathedral began to burn. A few hours later Steyn joined Tucker Carlson to ponder the appalling symbolism of the fire. Click below to watch:

Mark’s Tuesday column considered other aspects of the state of French Christendom: it was our most-read piece of the week.

~On Wednesday Steyn marked the fifth anniversary of an important innovation in virtue-signaling: the invention of the cardboard hashtag.

~On Thursday the Mueller report on Russian “collusion” was finally released. Mark and Tucker discussed the case live that night:

~On Good Friday there was more Mueller mulling when Steyn guest-hosted America’s Number One radio show. His Weekend Notebook addressed the purging of Kate Smith, the Nazi dog-whistle of “Edelweiss”, and the latest ruling from the new comedy commissars.

As for the above-mentioned Mark Steyn Club, if you’ve a friend who’s a fan of classic fiction in audio, we hope you’ll consider sending him or her a special Gift Membership: They’ll get to enjoy not only this latest adventure, but also Mark’s readings of H G Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Conrad, Kafka, Conan Doyle, Scott Fitzgerald, Jack London, Gogol and many more. A brand new Tale for Our Time launches this Friday – don’t miss it!

On the Second Annual Mark Steyn Club Cruise, cabins are going spectacularly fast – and we’re very nearly sold out. If your preferred accommodations are showing up online as unavailable, do call Cindy, our excellent cruise manager, and she might be able to pull a few strings: If you’re dialing from beyond North America, it’s +1 (770) 952-1959; if you’re calling from Canada or the US, it’s 1-800-707-1634. Or you can email your query here. As last year’s cruisers know, Cindy is super-helpful …but tempus fugit.

A new week at SteynOnline begins later this morning with our Song of the Week.