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Spectator competition winners: The Parable of the Faithful Servant as P.G. Wodehouse would have written it

20 January 2019 9:30

The call to supply a parable rewritten in the style of a well-known author drew a lively and entertaining entry.…

Books Podcast: why did Sweden cover up incidences of mass sexual assault?

17 January 2019 11:16

What do you think of when you think of Sweden? If, like me, the very name conjures fuzzy ideas of…

Roma is being celebrated for all the wrong reasons, writes Slavoj Žižek

14 January 2019 12:10

My first viewing of Roma left me with a bitter taste: yes, the majority of critics are right in celebrating it…

Spectator competition winners: ‘O Walkman! O Walkman!’

13 January 2019 9:17

The most recent challenge, suggested by Paul A. Freeman, asked for an elegy on a piece of obsolete technology. There’s…

Books Podcast: Jonathan Ames – from memoirs to graphic novels

9 January 2019 18:54

In this week’s book’s podcast my guest is Jonathan Ames, a writer who has produced everything from memoir (Adventures of…

Spectator competition winners: an alternative to ‘Auld Lang Syne’

6 January 2019 9:30

Your new year’s challenge was to supply an anthem to usher in 2019, starting with the first line of ‘Auld…

The Green Room, Spectator USA’s Life & Arts podcast: Anarchy and Empire with Robert Kaplan

4 January 2019 10:06

This week, I’m casting the pod with author and foreign policy analyst Robert Kaplan. At the end of the Cold…

Books Podcast: Ed Vulliamy – how music helps me report from the frontline

2 January 2019 20:19

In this week’s books podcast we’re going to the wars. My guest is Ed Vulliamy, the veteran war correspondent who…

Spectator competition winners: politically correct Christmas carols

23 December 2018 9:30

The festive challenge was to submit a politically correct Christmas carol. One of Donald Trump’s election pledges was to end…

Books Podcast: conversing with Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick

19 December 2018 12:40

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Chris Kraus — author of the semi-autobiographical cult novel I Love Dick…

The Green Room podcast: Auctions, sculptures, and horse flesh – the best art exhibitions in 2018

18 December 2018 15:35

This week, I’m casting the pod with a congeries of crack art critics from The New Criterion: James Panero, Benjamin…

The Books Podcast: why runners up are more interesting than those who come first

12 December 2018 8:10

In this week’s books podcast I talk to the great trivia expert Mark Mason about his new The Book of…

The Green Room, Spectator USA’s Life & Arts podcast: The Greek way of death

11 December 2018 17:29

As the old year dies, our thoughts turn to what happens next. What better time, then, to cast a seasonally…

Spectator competition winners: ‘The mother of all horrors, what a comp’ (or Shakespearean characters hiding in sonnets)

9 December 2018 9:30

This fiendishly difficult challenge, to submit a sonnet with the name of a Shakespearean character hidden in each line, pulled…

Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks: Our final interview

7 December 2018 16:27

RIP Pete Shelley. I would suggest three minutes silence, but Buzzcocks would have said it all in 2 minutes and…

Reggae was sexist and homophobic – Unesco ‘safeguarding’ it is ludicrous and conservative

5 December 2018 18:18

Until last week I believed that Unesco – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – existed solely to…

Books Podcast: presidential lessons from Lincoln to Trump, with Doris Kearns Goodwin

5 December 2018 13:12

In this week’s books podcast, I’m speaking to the Pulitzer-prizewinning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about her new book Leadership: Lessons…

The Green Room: Spectator USA’s Life & Arts podcast: Talking blues with Chris Thomas King

4 December 2018 18:22

This week on the Green Room, I’m talking the blues with Grammy-winning blues artist Chris Thomas King. Earlier this week,…

Spectator competition winners: misguided love poems

2 December 2018 9:30

You seemed to embrace the latest challenge – to supply seriously misguided love poems – especially wholeheartedly, and I admired…

Books Podcast: Lee Child on Reacher, revenge, and writing without a plan

28 November 2018 15:33

“I wondered what would happen if you made Goliath the hero…” In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to the…

The Green Room Podcast from Spectator USA: What do we get? Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks

27 November 2018 17:15

Two poets named Shelley have graced the English language. One was Percy, and the other is Pete. Just as an…

Spectator competition winners: the beautiful poetry of Donald Trump

24 November 2018 9:30

For this week’s challenge you were invited to submit poems by Donald Trump. The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump, which…

The Green Room podcast from Spectator USA: What a Performance!

22 November 2018 16:32

‘You’re a comical looking geezer. You’ll look funny when you’re fifty,’ Chas the gangster says to Turner the rock star…

The Books Podcast: geopolitics, the new Silk Roads, and the falcon-shaped airport in Turkmenistan

21 November 2018 17:04

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Oxford’s Professor of Global History Peter Frankopan about his follow-up to his…

Spectator competition winners: Franz Kafka goes phishing

18 November 2018 9:30

The latest challenge was to submit a scam letter ghostwritten by a well-known author, living or dead. Falling for a…