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Books podcast: Daniel Dennett and the evolution of minds

23 February 2017 10:45

In this week’s podcast I’m talking to the philosopher Daniel Dennett — whose new book takes on one of the…

Why we need to cancel the Oscars to save the Oscars

22 February 2017 16:38

Oscar has a problem, and I say that as a fan. If I could, I’d take one of those famous…

I want Elle to win an Oscar – but I also wish it hadn’t been made

22 February 2017 16:02

Is it possible simultaneously to want a film to win an Oscar and to wish it hadn’t been made? That’s…

A thoroughly entertaining shot of Mozartian optimism: Mid Wales Opera’s Magic Flute reviewed

22 February 2017 12:21

The Magic Flute Mid Wales Opera, touring until 4 May The backdrop is a hexagonal matrix, glowing in neon blue.…

Why London Fashion Week needs to die

22 February 2017 12:15

Twice a year, those fortunate enough to have climbed the emotionally hazardous fashion ladder descend upon London to participate in…

Camilla Long’s 3* review of Moonlight doesn’t make her a racist

22 February 2017 11:01

I have a bone to pick with Camilla Long – a colleague of mine at the Sunday Times, where she…

Poems on the triggering of Article 50

18 February 2017 14:00

The request for poetic previews of the day Article 50 is triggered produced passionate voices from both sides of the…

The critics are wrong: Moonlight is boring and pointless

18 February 2017 9:00

Either all the critics are wrong, or I’m wrong. According to the lot of them, and every right-thinking pundit, Moonlight,…

Apple Tree Yard author: Lionel Shriver is talking out of her ‘shiny white behind’ on cultural appropriation

16 February 2017 12:53

Pencils are being sharpened in the literary world as the row over cultural appropriation rumbles on. Last year Lionel Shriver…

Books podcast: Louise Doughty on Apple Tree Yard, Sherlock and Lionel Shriver

16 February 2017 10:47

This week in the books podcast, I’m talking to Louise Doughty — the author of the novel behind the hit…

London By Night: an amusing homage to Victorian melodrama

14 February 2017 15:08

Spending an evening watching an homage to Victorian melodrama in the drawing room of a gentlemen’s club sounds like the conceit of a Wodehouse…

Ken Loach’s Bafta’s diatribe shows he is stuck in the past

13 February 2017 10:49

Ken Loach, who seems to defy the rule that you get more right-wing as you get older, used his Bafta acceptance…

Spectator competition winners: protest songs for the Donald’s detractors

12 February 2017 10:30

You were invited to follow in the footsteps of Green Day and Moby and provide Donald Trump’s detractors with a…

Books podcast: Rory Stewart’s The Marches

9 February 2017 10:00

In this week’s podcast, I sit down with the Conservative MP, sometime diplomat and writer Rory Stewart to talk about…

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, 1971 – 2017: ‘a broad with a broad mind’

8 February 2017 16:36

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, the socialite and reality TV star, has died at the age of 45 from a brain tumour. In…

Saint Joan is the perfect religious play for our ignorant era

7 February 2017 11:48

The chief appeal of Saint Joan, which I saw last night at the Donmar, is that it is a brilliant…

Paris wants to fight terror with culture. Will it work?

6 February 2017 17:24

The news about the machete man in the Louvre broke just as my Eurostar was approaching Paris. Was this just…

Spectator competition winners: animal body parts that will give you nightmares

5 February 2017 10:30

For the latest assignment, inspired by W.W. Jacobs’s macabre mini masterpiece ‘The Monkey’s Paw’, you were invited to supply a…

Alexandra Shulman’s reign at Vogue will be defined by mediocrity, idiocy and flip-flops

2 February 2017 16:14

The outpouring of love following Alexandra Shulman’s departure from Vogue was truly touching: she was described as ‘unpretentious’ and ‘very…

Books podcast: Michael Rosen on The Disappearance of Émile Zola

2 February 2017 11:09

Imagine if Dostoyevsky had spent a year or two knocking around Penge. Or if Balzac had sojourned in Stoke Poges.…

In our post-religious society, we now find faith in Hollywood

28 January 2017 10:00

What do we believe in, in our largely post-religious culture? The pursuit of individual happiness, obviously. A vague humanism, thankfully.…

Indigenous languages are being wiped out – and social media isn’t helping

27 January 2017 16:42

We are in Imbassai in the state of Bahia. It’s lush, beautiful and green. I am escaping the London winter…

Books podcast: Cosmosapiens

26 January 2017 11:39

This week in the books podcast, we’re taking on some big issues. John Hands, the author of Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution…

Spectator competition winners: Red-Lycra-ed Galloway, G

21 January 2017 12:03

Entries came flooding in following the invitation to submit poems about a politician and an item of clothing. Michael Foot’s…

Do Labour MPs not understand how private arts funding works?

21 January 2017 9:00

You would think there was enough financial scandal in the world to keep MPs exercised without denouncing the owners of…