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Books Podcast: Machiavelli’s lifelong quest for freedom

23 March 2017 10:45

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to Erica Benner about her new Life of Machiavelli, Be Like The Fox.…

Why wasn’t Chuck Berry eulogised as much as David Bowie? I think I know…

21 March 2017 10:43

Belatedly, goodnight to Chuck Berry. Almost everything that has been worthwhile in rock music for 60-odd years has derived from…

Spectator competition winners: the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by Donald Trump

20 March 2017 18:00

The latest challenge asked for a version of the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by a prominent…

Assayas’ Personal Shopper is slick, unnecessarily complex and totally irrelevant

16 March 2017 16:18

Creaking doors, rustling leaves and leaky taps make up the soundtrack of Olivier Assayas’ improbable horror film Personal Shopper. But…

The return of the What’s That Thing? Award for bad public art

16 March 2017 16:00

Wouldn’t it be nice, in these divided times, for humanity to have a common enemy – preferably an inanimate one. Welcome to the What’s…

Books Podcast: Michael Morpurgo

16 March 2017 12:06

In this week’s books podcast we have an interview with the former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo in which he talks…

Cheltenham Festival 2017: Susan Hill’s betting tips

13 March 2017 10:07

For 23 years I lived in the North Cotswolds, heart of National Hunt racing country, where March comes round with…

Spectator competition winners: ‘This day is called the Feast of Tony Blair…’

12 March 2017 10:24

The invitation for poems making the case for a national commemoration day for a person or thing of your choice…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer made me the man I am

11 March 2017 16:10

Buffy the Vampire Slayer turned 20 yesterday, which will make millennials feel as old as the actors who supposedly passed for…

How Buffy the Vampire Slayer transformed pop culture

10 March 2017 20:00

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Right there, those four ridiculous words, are why it shouldn’t have worked. What was this? Some…

Books podcast: Resisting the self-improvement craze

10 March 2017 9:19

Think positive. Listen to your inner voice. Strive to become the best version of yourself. The only way out is through.…

RIP Luis Dominguez, the man who invented the Speccie luncheon

8 March 2017 15:43

Luis Dominguez was born in the UK to the family of an Argentine diplomat and spent most of his childhood…

Spectator competition winners: famous authors on the art of seduction

5 March 2017 9:45

The call for lessons in the art of seduction in the style of an author of your choice drew a…

Books podcast: The story of pain

2 March 2017 10:33

My guest in this week’s books podcast is the scholar Joanna Bourke, who’s talking about her new book on something…

Waterstones deserves to be judged by its bookshop cover-up

27 February 2017 17:43

Let’s get one thing clear: bookshops are a good thing. Waterstones — even putting aside the abandonment of its apostrophe…

Moonlight richly deserved to trump La La Land. Here’s why

27 February 2017 7:43

Moonlight is, in fact, a traditional story about identity, and finding out who you are, but it has rarely been…

The most politically correct Oscars ever?

26 February 2017 17:54

Last year, the Oscars came in for quite a bit of criticism within the American film community. The problem wasn’t…

Spectator competition winners: food that kills

25 February 2017 9:51

The latest challenge was to submit a poem about a deadly foodstuff. The inspiration for this assignment was the appalling…

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…