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Interview: James Lasdun’s art

5 October 2012 11:49

James Lasdun published his first book of short stories The Silver Age in 1985. The debut won him The Dylan…

Nigel Farage to start spreading the news in NYC

25 September 2012 13:32

Dave is chasing Boris across the Pond and onto the set of the Letterman Show, but Mr Steerpike understands that…

The death of Osama bin Laden

25 September 2012 11:12

Everyone knows something of what happened the night American Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison town…

Interview: John R. MacArthur on the US election

19 September 2012 10:06

When Barack Obama entered the White House in January 2009, millions of citizens across the United States believed it was…

The Muslim Brotherhood’s rank hypocrisy

14 September 2012 13:49

Western media and governments which are currently white-washing the Muslim Brotherhood should take note of the following, a classic example…

The language of criminals

13 September 2012 10:47

The English language is, as English would have it, an odd duck.  Its nuances are capricious — to the non-native,…

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished business

6 September 2012 16:41

It’s hard enough convincing people to read finished novels much less unfinished ones — though perhaps our cultural obsession with…

Hot War in the South China Sea?

5 September 2012 16:22

Like the deserts of the Middle East, the barren islands of the South China Sea now loom as a new…

Midway: The overlooked battle

4 September 2012 10:33

For many of us the Battle of Midway is just one more Hollywood spectacular in, to paraphrase Neville Chamberlain, a…

Food prices, and predicting riots

20 August 2012 17:57

The cover story of last week’s Spectator was about the political impact of rising crop prices: John R. Bradley, who…

George Washington: Gentleman warrior

15 August 2012 11:24

It is easy to forget that the dignified eighteenth-century gentleman whose image appears on the one-dollar bill, the first President…

The marriage plot: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger reviewed

14 August 2012 11:17

Few could accuse literary fiction of not doing its best to perk up the US export sector recently. It has…

Shelf Life: Nell Freudenberger

8 August 2012 9:15

Nell Freudenberger is one of the brightest young novelists in America, and she takes the Shelf Life hot seat this week.…

RIP Robert Hughes: Enemy of the Woozy

7 August 2012 18:23

Few books have had a greater effect on me than Robert Hughes’ Culture of Complaint. The clarity of Hughes’ style…

Henry Kissinger’s education

7 August 2012 18:01

Only America, a friend of mine once insisted, could produce the New Criterion. This friend happened to be American, but…

Rereading Gore Vidal

3 August 2012 16:40

Gore Vidal was famously waspish or infamously nasty, depending on your point of view. Most outspoken (and successful) writers divide…

All-American heroes

31 July 2012 13:21

Whatever Mitt might think, if there’s one thing that makes us proud to be British, it’s the fact we’re not…

Bookbenchers: Jamie Reed MP

22 July 2012 17:48

Over at the Books Blog, the Labour MP and shadow health minister Jamie Reed has answered our questions about his…

Bookbenchers: Jamie Reed MP

22 July 2012 17:34

This week, Jamie Reed, the Labour MP for Copeland and Cumbria and shadow health minister, is in the hot seat.…

Similar, but very different

17 July 2012 17:30

Richard Ford published his debut novel A Piece of My Heart in 1976.  But it was The Sportswriter — which…