Culture House Daily

Ed Vaizey for the BM?

9 April 2014 15:28

There was only one topic of discussion at the launch of Nadine Dorries’s novel Four Streets last night – will…

Let’s not stop at Maria Miller. Let’s get rid of the Department of Culture completely

9 April 2014 10:20

The arts world will not shed a tear at the news that Maria Miller has resigned. Though it was Jeremy…

House music is great music – or can be

8 April 2014 12:14

When Chicago DJ Frankie Knuckles died last week, a novelty number by a Brylcreemed Aussie pop punk group had just…

BBC1’s The Crimson Field: manipulative, saccharine, shallow – and addictive

8 April 2014 9:33

Thanks to BBC1’s new World War One drama The Crimson Field, I know now how to fake the symptoms of…

Game of Thrones: ‘Our Island Story’ for the HBO generation

7 April 2014 16:23

When I was a boy I used to love the stories of the old kings of England, devouring book after…

To avoid revenge porn, don’t let someone film you having sex

7 April 2014 15:02

How do you solve a problem like revenge porn? It’s a strange new social evil. More and more men are…

Our infatuation with high-rise housing has been catastrophic. Good riddance to the Red Road flats

7 April 2014 12:25

‘If you meet anyone in a pub or at a party who says he is an architect,’ advised Auberon Waugh,…

When it comes to childbirth, I’d rather be a sheep than a woman

7 April 2014 10:51

I know this because I have now sat through five series of One Born Every Minute (Channel 4) and three series of Lambing…

Ladies of the Guardian: please stop writing about sex

6 April 2014 13:38

I’m generally a fan of the Guardian’s website, and sometimes write for it, but I’m sick of how much space…

Why have D&G fallen out with Victoria Beckham? They just miss Posh spice – don’t we all

6 April 2014 13:07

Dolce and Gabbana’s barbed attack on Victoria Beckham was a stab in the very slender back of their friend and…

Anthony Hopkins and a musical luvvie-fest

4 April 2014 17:48

Has anything ever been more luvvie than this?

Why do people always assume critics are male?

4 April 2014 12:05

I offer you a riddle. It’s worthy of the Sphinx guarding Thebes, but if you’ve got half the brain of…

Powder Her Face: Amanda Roocroft would never give a random bell-boy a blowjob

3 April 2014 18:44

Before we talk fellatio, let me get the boring, snide observations out of the way. It’s great to see the…

How I learned to love T20

2 April 2014 17:29

Cricket snobs will tell you that Twenty20, with its dancing girls, booming pop music and illuminated bails, is nothing but…

Russell Crowe and Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ is thoroughly weird

2 April 2014 14:30

The Archbishop of Canterbury has had himself photographed with Russell Crowe, after attending the screening of Noah in which Russell…

Farewell, then, Nuts magazine

2 April 2014 9:09

It looks like Nuts may be about to close, ten years after the lad’s mag was launched with great fanfare. Although it…

Remember what really bad, racist TV looked like? I give you London Live

1 April 2014 19:27

So Lebedev’s London Live has launched. And I don’t know about you but I’m hooked. I’d totally forgotten what really…

Opera tickets are too cheap

31 March 2014 17:55

A revival of Anna Nicole will open the Royal Opera House new season, it was announced today. And students will be…

Would prisoners kill for Carol Ann Duffy?

30 March 2014 11:34

It is of course shocking that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling should ban prisoners from receiving books sent by their…

Televising theatre and opera will not attract new audiences. It will repel them

28 March 2014 16:52

Always try to get the worst seats for the opera. Upper circle. Foyer. Toilet. The nearest bus stop. The further…

Cocks-in-socks: charity has become exhibitionism

26 March 2014 9:21

The digital-age male is a pathetic creature. Shorn of all his old manly attributes, he has to puff himself up.…

Tony Hall’s new vision for BBC Arts: waffle, stale buns and chief execs

25 March 2014 13:48

I can’t remember the last time I turned to the BBC for cultural guidance. That’s not to say that the…

Silk vs The Good Wife

24 March 2014 17:40

American TV drama trumps British TV drama – it’s a well-worn but unfair cliché. It’s not that British drama is…

Spectator Life: meet the ‘hot Scots’ with fiery views on independence

24 March 2014 14:06

Ahead of the referendum in September, and as the country prepares for the Commonwealth Games, the spring issue of Spectator…

Alain de Botton: We need art to help us to live and to die

24 March 2014 9:55

The world’s big national museums are deeply glamorous places. We keep quiet in their hallowed halls, we wander the galleries…