America

The Worst Argument Yet for Intervening in Syria: If We Don’t, Other Countries Will Snigger At Britain

18 June 2013 10:33

We should, I suppose, be grateful to Benedict Brogan for his column today examining some of the reasons for why Britain…

A makeshift memorial for the victims of the Boston marathon bombing. Picture: Getty

God, guns and America

17 May 2013 15:27

While training as a playwright, I was taught that any gun brought onstage must go off. Anton Chekhov said, ‘One must…

Nate Silver interview: ‘Politics is uniquely full of bullshit’

17 May 2013 9:16

Nate Silver doesn’t suffer fools gladly — especially fools who pass themselves off as experts. In the second chapter of…

A makeshift memorial for the victims of the Boston marathon bombing. Picture: Getty

America, like Europe, is dishonest about Islamic extremism

24 April 2013 9:18

I have been in the US over recent weeks, during the period of the Boston bombings and the hunt for…

The moronic inferno, pt. 1,478

23 April 2013 9:36

Is it the stupidity of Americans, or the stupidity of people who use social networking sites, that is responsible for…

Interview with James Wood

12 April 2013 8:15

James Wood is arguably the most celebrated, possibly the most impugned, and definitely the most envied, literary journalist living. By…

Interview with a writer: John Ashbery

1 February 2013 9:30

John Ashbery is recognized as one of the most eminent American poets of the twentieth-century. He also been called America’s…

Abraham Lincoln ‘somehow’ became the great redeemer

29 January 2013 14:00

Abraham Lincoln, in Walt Whitman’s celebrated phrase, contained multitudes. M.E. Synon showed yesterday quite how many there might have been.…

Abraham Lincoln, the ‘specious humbug’

28 January 2013 10:38

This post by M.E. Synon is the first in a series about Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln. A counter-argument will be published tomorrow,…

Yoram Kaniuk, reluctant soldier in 1948

11 January 2013 10:00

Yoram Kaniuk was born in Tel Aviv in 1930. After his experience in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, Kaniuk moved…

EU Shocker: The United States agrees with the British Government! - Spectator Blogs

10 January 2013 12:51

Good grief. Are we supposed to be surprised that senior officials at the US State Department take the view that…

Which words would you ban?

3 January 2013 12:38

Which words in current use would you ban? Lake Superior State University answers this question each year, with its famous…

Shootings in US suburbia, what would J.G. Ballard make of them?

15 December 2012 11:54

These shootings. I think we need J G Ballard back. Looking back through previous such apparently random events, we might…

Barack Obama’s best voice: Michael Grunwald

7 December 2012 9:30

No Obama policy – not even ‘Obamacare’ – has been derided quite as much as his stimulus package and the…

The Way the World Works by Nicholson Baker – an ideal Christmas present

28 November 2012 9:51

Nicholson Baker is intensely interested. He looks at the world like he has never seen it before, fixating on the…

The Atlantic, the ocean that made the modern world

26 November 2012 11:31

Just as the classical world was built around the Mediterranean, the modern world was built around the Atlantic. The Romans…

Philip Roth retires

10 November 2012 14:51

Philip Roth has retired. He told a French magazine that, at 79, he was ‘done’. There will be no more…

Thornton Wilder’s theatrics in The Cabala

29 October 2012 10:30

I was on a date once in Atlanta, Georgia. We decided on the theatre and there was only one show…

Back to the start – Train Dreams, by Denis Johnson

22 October 2012 10:01

Train Dreams, the Pulitzer nominated novella by playwright, poet and U.S National Book Award winning novelist Denis Johnson, is the…

George Osborne’s Afghan letter from America

13 October 2012 10:50

George Osborne is a keen observer of American politics, so perhaps it is little surprise to read in the Telegraph…