Julian Assange speaks at the Ecuadorian Embassy where he has been holed up for two years Photo: Getty

Help! I've started to feel sorry for Julian Assange

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Poor Julian Assange. Call me a contrarian but I’m genuinely starting to feel sorry for the guy. He’s just made…

Conrad Black back on familiar territory at The Spectator on 3 July. Image: Alan Davidson

From jailbird to social butterfly – the return of Conrad Black

5 July 2014 9:00 am

The former proprietor of this magazine, Conrad Black, is in London at the moment with his gorgeous wife Barbara, and…

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Elliot Rodger and the Hollywood ending

31 May 2014 9:00 am

I’ve found myself strangely drawn to the videos made by the 22-year-old assassin Elliot Rodger just before he went on…


Why I no longer want to live in America

10 May 2014 9:00 am

A few years ago I would have quite liked to live in America. I’m not sure now. For one thing,…


How to shop for the apocalypse

3 May 2014 9:00 am

America’s doomsday preparedness industry is booming

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Clinton vs Bush — again

26 April 2014 9:00 am

American politics looks increasingly like an oligarchy


Lost Kerouac that should have stayed lost

15 March 2014 9:00 am

In 1944, when he was 22, Jack Kerouac lost a manuscript — in a taxi, as he thought, but probably…


Europe's 'new world order' is letting Vladimir Putin run riot

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Putin has now broken the post-Cold War consensus for good. But Russia may not enjoy the results

American beat poet Allen Ginsberg Photo: Getty

American Smoke, by Iain Sinclair - review

23 November 2013 9:00 am

If you have read Iain Sinclair’s books you will know that he is a stylist with a love of language.…


Celia Walden's diary: Have I finally caught my husband in an affair?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

For a minute I just stood there with my back against the wall, staring at the credit card receipt. Then…

‘Brown and Silver: Old Battersea Bridge’, 1859–63, by James McNeill Whistler

The painter of poetry

16 November 2013 9:00 am

The famous court case in which Ruskin accused Whistler of ‘flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face’ continues…

Signifying Rappers, by David Foster Wallace - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Since his suicide, David Foster Wallace has made the transition from major writer to major industry. Hence this UK issue…

The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Thick, sentimental and with a narrative bestriding four decades, Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings feels above all like a Victorian novel,…


While Britain stagnates, America is roaring back

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Five years after the start of the Great Recession, America is fast recovering its might


To Move the World, by Jeffrey Sachs - review

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Jeffrey Sachs is the world’s best-connected development economist. An academic with highly developed communication skills, he has always managed to…


If there was ever a time to intervene in Syria, it has passed

4 May 2013 9:00 am

A western intervention might never have worked. But it certainly won’t now


Fall from grace

28 January 2012 5:00 pm

Barack Obama is not up to the job. That is Ron Suskind’s oft-repeated contention. The President, he states, compromised with,…


The original special relationship

3 December 2011 11:00 am

Of all the cities in all the world, Paris dominates the American imagination more than any other. Although Americans may…

After America: Get Ready For Armageddon by Mark Steyn

5 November 2011 12:15 pm

There are people sent to depress us, and prominent among them is Mark Steyn, whose speciality is apocalyptic predictions. Following…

Music, moonlight and dahlias

3 September 2011 12:00 am

The words that echoed constantly in the back of my mind as I read this book were from Paul Simon’s song ‘Train in the Distance’: ‘the thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains’.


Day of reckoning

3 September 2011 12:00 am

Many saw disaster coming, including Philip Hensher, but no one did anything

Lucky miss

9 July 2011 12:00 am

In Dreams From My Father, his exploration of race and roots, Barack Obama recalled the tales heard in childhood about the man who gave him his name.

The call of the wild

19 February 2011 12:00 am

Annie Proulx (pronounced ‘Pru’) began her writing career — quite late, in her fifties — as E.A. Proulx, to baffle misogynist editors; then she was E. Annie Proulx, until she dropped the E and became simply Annie the Proulx.


Am I offending the wrong Americans?

8 January 2011 12:00 am

Q. Why did God give liberals annoying, whiny voices? A. So that even the blind could hate them.


At war with the Greeks

8 January 2011 12:00 am

America’s love of the ancient republics has had military consequences in the present