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Spectator competition winners: a sonnet on Theresa May’s rictus

18 June 2018 12:02

The request for sonnets inspired by a well-known contemporary figure’s characteristic feature went down a storm. Entries ranged far and…

Glasgow School of Art is much more than just an art college

16 June 2018 12:53

Let’s be clear. This is not Grenfell. The word ‘tragedy’ may be all over the news, Twitter may be full…

Calling people out for ‘gaslighting’ is just a lazy but effective way of shutting down dissent

14 June 2018 15:38

Last month, the American short story writer Carmen Maria Machado spoke out about a disappointing interaction she had once had…

Spectator Books: Koh-i-Noor

14 June 2018 15:07

This week in the Spectator Books podcast I’m joined by William Dalrymple, co-author with Anita Anand of Koh-i-Noor: The History…

Spectator competition winners: a Pepys’-eye view on the royal wedding

10 June 2018 16:30

The latest challenge, to supply an entry by a well-known diarist describing the wedding day of Prince Harry and Meghan…

Books Podcast: music, doomed love, and Nazis with Paul Kildea

7 June 2018 17:18

It’s a first for the Spectator Books podcast this week: music! We’ve temporarily dispensed with our usual intro jingle to…

Peter Stringfellow (1940 – 2018): the intellectual conservative

7 June 2018 11:00

When you think about Peter Stringfellow, aka ‘Stringy’, it’s hard to think about anything other than topless women. Stringy, who’s…

Spectator competition winners: Camus on Camus

4 June 2018 16:16

The germ of the latest challenge, to submit a school essay written by a well-known author about one of their…

Spectator Books: Carl Hiaasen’s Assume the Worst

31 May 2018 15:41

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to the journalist and comic novelist Carl Hiaasen about his latest book, a…

Morgan Freeman and the troubling direction of #MeToo

29 May 2018 14:17

The film awards season is over and Cannes has been handed back to wealthy holiday-makers, yet the #MeToo movement shows…

Spectator competition winners: playing Cluedo with Trudeau, getting it on with Macron…

26 May 2018 14:32

This time round, competitors were asked to provide poems about a bromance. Pairings including Friedrich and Karl, Laurel and Hardy,…

The real reason why radical feminists are wary of trans women

24 May 2018 17:16

In the cold war of contemporary identity politics, it might seem strange that the only flash of heat has come…

Spectator Books: Behold, America

24 May 2018 15:38

Is the “American Dream”, as Donald Trump claims, dead? Is “America First” a policy of national pride or a dogwhistle…

Olga Tokarczuk’s ‘Flights’ wins the Man Booker International Prize

23 May 2018 10:43

The Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk and her translator Jennifer Croft last night won the £50,000 Man Booker International Prize for…

Philip Roth was a genius

23 May 2018 7:31

Philip Roth has died at the age of 85. Here Michael Henderson pays tribute to the American author: It became…

Spectator competition winners: Brectitude, huwbris, posteritoys – new ways with old words

20 May 2018 9:30

Inspiration for the latest challenge came from across the pond, courtesy of the Washington Post’s Style Invitational column, whose regular…

Cannes had many strong films but only one deserves the Palme d’Or

18 May 2018 17:28

The Italian film director Alice Rohrwacher’s rise to the top has never been more obvious than this week at the…

Lars von Trier’s latest film rightly resists the idea that art must be morally correct and inoffensive

18 May 2018 17:05

Danish director Lars von Trier is back at Cannes Film Festival, proclaiming that ‘it’s all good – we had a…

English Touring Opera’s Il tabarro was the most convincing I have seen

17 May 2018 21:52

Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi Cambridge Arts Theatre English Touring Opera brought its production of two of the operas in…

Award for the most right-on awards ceremony goes to Cannes

17 May 2018 21:39

There’s nothing that screams 2018 feminism more than a bunch of celebrities holding hands on a red carpet. This year’s…

Spectator Books: Arnhem

17 May 2018 13:59

In this week’s Spectator Books, I talk to the military historian Antony Beevor about his latest book, Arnhem: The Battle for…

Is the comic novel dead?

16 May 2018 12:36

‘Not funny. Try Punch.’ This, unkindly, used to be the boilerplate rejection letter from Private Eye to those who submitted…

Spectator competition winners: would you give Oliver Cromwell a job?

13 May 2018 9:45

The latest challenge asked competitors to supply an imaginary testimonial for a high-profile figure that is superficially positive but contains…

Spectator Books: The Birth of the RAF

10 May 2018 16:38

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m joined by the historian Richard Overy to talk about his new book The Birth…

Is Piers Morgan the only Catholic offended by the Met Gala?

9 May 2018 12:21

It will come as no surprise that something in the news has Piers Morgan deeply troubled. For the past two…