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When Taki met Al Sharpton

19 April 2014

 New York This is a tale of two escape artists in one city. Let’s start with my old friend the Rev. Al Sharpton. I call him an old buddy because… Read more

Reality 'star' Kim Kardashian and Kanye West appeared on the cover of Vogue Photo: Getty

Vogue, the Boston bombers and the end of civilisation as we know it

12 April 2014

America and western Europe sure have their priorities right, blanketing our newspapers, magazines and the airwaves with newsworthy items that reflect our culture. For example, the April cover of Vogue… Read more


My New York is gone forever. The internet has seen to that

5 April 2014

 New York Back to the mythic city, dreamed into existence by the movies long ago and instantly memorable, a visually stunning place built for action and adventure, a city of… Read more

Mike Hawthorn and Formula One driver Lance Macklin at Silverstone, 1952

Paddy Macklin's special kind of courage

22 March 2014

On 1 July 1961, a beautiful 17-year-old girl appeared on the cover of Paris Match, then in its heyday: ‘C’est une deb,’  announced the cover, the once upon a time… Read more

A tremendous Venetian erection

The end of snow? Not in Gstaad

15 March 2014

 Gstaad The American newspaper that prints only news it sees fit to poison good things recently announced ‘The end of snow’. ‘The planet has warmed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the… Read more

The producers of 12 Years a Slave celebrate their Oscar win Photo: Getty

What 12 Years a Slave gets wrong – and The Book Thief gets right

8 March 2014

Damn, damn, damn! It has to be me, and all these years I’ve been thinking it was Hollywood. By the time you read this it will all be over, like… Read more

Former Hollinger Inc. CEO Conrad Black Interview

The week that tripled the size of my liver

1 March 2014

 Gstaad Walking into a dinner party for 50 chic and some not-so-chic people in a nearby village last week, I was confronted by a tall man with horn-rimmed glasses who… Read more


My drug-addict friend needs medical help, not a prison sentence

22 February 2014

 Gstaad ‘On ne touche pas une femme, même avec une fleur,’ says an old French dictum, one not always adhered to in the land of cheese, or anywhere else, for… Read more

Around the Games: Day 5 - 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Why doesn't Stephen Fry boycott the Saudis as well as the Russians? 

15 February 2014

Call me sentimental, but I’ve never seen a better opening ceremony than the Sochi one, evoking Russia’s great past in literature and in many other things. The ballet sequence was… Read more


My last dance saloon

8 February 2014

Gstaad A heavy snowfall diverted 40-odd private jets from landing in Saanen airport, thus the one per cent of the one per cent who came to Gstaad for a grand… Read more


Watch out, wolves of Wall Street! It's time Davos had a World Decency Forum

1 February 2014

Gstaad If a catastrophic avalanche were to crush the Davos convention hall, where the fat cats of this world were meeting recently, I’m afraid there would be a lot of… Read more


Taki: Come on then Saatchi, name a time and place. I'm serious, are you? 

25 January 2014

OK, folks. We’ve had enough of Hollande and his rather silly antics, although I do understand the man. Ever younger is not a bad policy, in sport as well as… Read more

Al Goldstein gives Taki the finger Photo: WireImage

When I played softball for Esquire, against Screw

18 January 2014

Al Goldstein, who died recently and made the front page of the New York Times, was among the world’s most disgusting men. But hardly as repellent as Charles Saatchi and… Read more

Jodie Foster in 1977 (Photo: Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty)

Taki: How the King of Greece taught me the origins of the F word... 

11 January 2014

Gstaad Although no longer a regular habit, extended benders now turn me into a sort of magnetic field that picks up pearls as though they were iron filings. They are… Read more

Why did no feminists come to Sarah Palin's aid? (Photo: Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Taki: The joys of 2014

4 January 2014

Welcome, Mr 2014, if you turn out as good as Mr 2013 was, we’ll get along just fine. Throughout last year, I got happier and happier. In fact, it keeps… Read more


Taki: our leaders are weak and powerless in the face of religious fanatics

14 December 2013

This Christmas our thoughts need to be with our fellow Christians who are being threatened in the Bible lands. No ifs or buts about it, they are being told either… Read more

"Dustheads" by Jean-Michel Basquiat Photo: AFP/Getty

Taki: the wisdom of 12-year-olds

7 December 2013

 New York I’m in an extremely happy state as I write this because a young Englishman flew over the ocean just to have lunch with me and ask for my… Read more

Mike Tyson Kicks Off Australia Speaking Tour In Brisbane

Taki: The joke that made me like Mike Tyson

30 November 2013

New York   Nature is at her best right now, the leaves still holding, Central Park awash in golden browns and reds. I go there every morning, half a block… Read more


Taki: in defence of my friend Alec Baldwin

23 November 2013

You know you’re old when people start writing kindly about you. Especially when they are colleagues. First Jeremy Clarke, now Deborah Ross. Debbie could of course be spoofing — if… Read more

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Taki: Why JFK wouldn't have steered clear of Vietnam if he had lived

16 November 2013

Everyone’s doing it, so I might as well jump in too. After all, I knew so many of the people involved, including JFK and his widow Jackie, and — sorry… Read more

Peter the Great

Taki: RIP John Jay, my brave friend who refused to take part in vulture capitalism

9 November 2013

I suppose the secret of death is to choose not to expire the same day as famous people. I read in Lapham’s Quarterly that JFK, C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley… Read more


Taki: Ugly people build ugly things — look at New York and London

2 November 2013

New York Hot money from China, India, Russia and Singapore is pouring into London; hotter money from the same countries is flooding into the Bagel. London has become unaffordable for… Read more


Taki: Why is Steve Cohen still getting away with seven billion big ones? 

26 October 2013

If, according to a Viennese wit, psychoanalysis is the disease that calls itself the cure, then Steve Cohen’s deal with the US government is the highway robbery that calls itself… Read more

James Toback and Alec Baldwin Photo: Getty

Taki: Watch James Toback’s film starring Alex Baldwin and me

19 October 2013

 New York He came from a wealthy background but was always in trouble. His parents were not particularly religious, but nevertheless insisted that little Jimmy read the Scroll of Torah… Read more

03/02/2002. Saif el Islam el Gadhafi returns to Syrte, Libya, just after his stay in France.

Taki: My main gripe with Gaddafi is the quality of his cocaine

12 October 2013

 New York Libyans are among the most civilised people on earth. When a Russian hooker (I assume) killed a Libyan Air Force officer, a mob stormed the Russian embassy seeking… Read more