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Books Podcast: Jay Rubin and the world of Japanese stories

5 July 2018 14:06

In this week’s Spectator books podcast I’m talking to the distinguished scholar of Japanese literature Jay Rubin, editor of the new…

Thank goodness liberals haven’t tried to spoil musicals

5 July 2018 10:59

There was a standing ovation from the audience at The King and I at the London Palladium on Tuesday night,…

Spectator competition winners: Hackety, rackety Donald and Vladimir – double dactyls about double acts

1 July 2018 9:07

The latest challenge was to compose double dactyls about double acts. I didn’t include the rules about double dactyls this…

Books Podcast: Judith Kerr and Matthew Kneale, writing in the family and the real Mog

28 June 2018 14:14

This week’s books podcast is a family affair: I’m talking to the children’s writer and illustrator Judith Kerr (Mog The…

Spectator competition winners: #MeToo lit

24 June 2018 9:30

Anthony Horowitz’s reflections on creating female characters for his latest Bond novel prompted me to invite you to provide an…

Books Podcast: a psychedelic trip with Michael Pollan

21 June 2018 15:11

This week’s Spectator Books Podcast asks: is LSD good for you? I’m joined by the author Michael Pollan, who talks…

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…