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Spectator competition winners: in dispraise of Valentine’s Day

15 February 2019 17:24

The invitation to submit poems in dispraise of Valentine’s Day certainly struck a chord, drawing a large and heartfelt entry…

Books Podcast: Deborah Lipstadt on anti-Semitism and what you can and can’t say about Israel

13 February 2019 17:12

In this week’s books podcast, I’m joined by Deborah Lipstadt — the historian who herself made a piece of history…

Spectator competition winners: breaking up is hard to do

11 February 2019 14:51

The invitation to competitors to write a poem entitled ‘Breaking up is hard to do’ produced an inventive, accomplished entry…

Books Podcast: how has Royal reporting changed since Diana?

7 February 2019 11:50

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined from Los Angeles by Andrew Morton — the Royal writer who scooped the…

Spectator competition winners: it started with a tweet…

3 February 2019 9:30

For the latest challenge you were asked to submit a poem or a short story that begins ‘It started with…

Books Podcast: is it time to stop working?

30 January 2019 18:35

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by Josh Cohen, author of the Not Working: Why We Have To Stop…

Vanity and fake news lie behind Simon Rattle’s new concert hall plan

28 January 2019 16:41

Like Theresa May with her thrice-spurned deal, the London Symphony Orchestra is pressing ahead with plans for a concert hall…

Spectator competition winners: how to be happy

28 January 2019 14:00

The latest challenge was to write a poem taking as your first line ‘Happy the man, and happy he alone’,…

Books Podcast: what modern Bibles get wrong

23 January 2019 17:12

In this week’s books podcast, my guest is Robert Alter – who has just published the fruits of decades of…

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…