PJ O'Rourke for The Daily Beast: Up to a Point: 2013 in Review and Predictions for 2014

January 1st, 2014

The Daily Beast
by PJ O’Rourke
January 1, 2014

In Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop: Lord Cooper, proprietor of The Daily Beast, at dinner with his editor, Mr. Salter…

Mr. Salter’s side of the conversation was limited to expressions of assent. When Lord Cooper was right, he said, “Definitely, Lord Cooper”; when he was wrong, “Up to a point.”

“Let me see, what’s the name of the place I mean? Capital of Japan? Yokohama, isn’t it?”

“Up to a point, Lord Cooper.”

Customary for New Year’s column to begin with regurgitated news highlights for the memory-impaired, past annum’s shop-soiled best-ofs list and array of dubious predictions for next 12 months.

Tradition much in need of being abandoned. That said…

Vladimir Putin will come out of the closet.

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