Culture

Roy Lichtenstein: comic genius?

26 February 2013 10:24

Tate Modern promises that its forthcoming retrospective will showcase ‘the full scope of Roy Lichtenstein’s artistic explorations’, to which Spectator…

In defence of Suzanne Moore

15 January 2013 18:30

Tell me if you have heard this already but it appears that Suzanne Moore has offended the trans-gender lobby. She…

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…

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…

Robert Hughes – The novelty of the shock

18 September 2012 9:43

The real shock of the new came in 1991. It was sobering, and it was reverent, which aren’t exactly the…

Spicing up my life

11 August 2012 17:34

I do not necessarily wish to imply I have the gift of prophecy. But this is either uncanny or part…

Compromised by not compromising

24 July 2012 14:51

‘In a relationship, when does the art of compromise become compromising?’ Thus spoke Carrie Bradshaw. Such knowledge suggests that I…

Riots and responsibilities

19 November 2011 17:09

The riots are fast in danger of becoming the forgotten issue in our politics. The social and cultural problems that…

Cutting the arts and decimating culture

1 April 2011 13:00

Rationing Mammon emaciates the Muses. Plato knew it, and so does Polly Toynbee: it’s just simple cause and effect. And…

What it is to be British

12 September 2010 18:04

What is it about the British and flag waving? I ask after watching last night’s superlative BBC Proms, a brilliant…

The role of libraries

30 August 2010 17:33

New government statistics show that libraries are less popular than ever, with a drop over 5 years of nearly one-third…

Never again should so much be wasted by so few

27 July 2010 18:29

If you tire quickly of the tediously lengthy build up to Christmas, which starts about now, then heaven help you…

Words fail me…

17 March 2010 18:36

…when it comes to the Lib Dem’s offical election song, performed by the Liberal Democrat Community Choir: You can, er,…

Why we should give the Elgin Marbles back to Greece

4 March 2010 10:45

While we’re talking about countries on the brink, it’s worth taking a look at Greece – which has probably passed…

Satire is dead

23 November 2009 18:11

I laughed more at the Antiques Roadshow than I did at The Thick of It. In fact, finding the louche…

Big Brother and the limits of television

26 August 2009 17:57

Big Brother is dead. This is terrific news – particularly if you’re one of those morbid hacks who specialise in…

Amis at 60

25 August 2009 17:13

Martin Amis says that when a man turns 40 he stops saying “hi” and starts saying “bye”. So, as a…

Breast is barred

24 August 2009 11:43

Truth is indeed often stranger than fiction. It appears Big Brother is not just watching our every move but has…

Introducing Cappuccino Culture

24 August 2009 10:33

Just to introduce The Spectator’s new team blog on arts and cultural affairs – Cappuccino Culture. Spectator writers will be…

A poetic evening

8 July 2009 22:18

From its founder Joseph Addison – a poet of some significance – to its present poetry editor, Hugo Williams, the…

Blur in the park

4 July 2009 23:55

Been meaning to post all day a hat-tip to our very own Alex James who – before he was a…

My Long-Delayed Re-Entry

19 March 2009 23:43

Many, many apologies for my absence from the blog. I have been deep in the inner crevices and interstices of…