Edward Gorey delighted in the macabre and contradictory, feeling at home with things not making sense. He was, says Sam Leith, an exquisite but very minor talent
I got the sack the other day from the London Evening Standard, where I’ve been a weekly columnist for about…
Lee Child has sold around 100 million books. How does he do it?
The consensus is we all have to watch what we say. But do we?
I know some people are fretting about Brexit, and others about the drive-by violence the President is doing to the…
Sam Leith savours an entertaining salmagundi of marvels, myths and outrageous cons from the Indian subcontinent
Many hallucinogenic drugs are non-addictive, carry little or no physiological risk and might even be good for you, says Sam Leith
The artist Ian Cheng creates digital life forms that bite and self-harm. Sam Leith meets him (and them)
Lithuania’s Tomas Venclova saw the modern world take shape
Steven Pinker’s new book is a characteristically fluent, decisive and data-rich demonstration of why, given the chance to live at…
There’s a tiny mistake in Zadie Smith’s new collection of essays. She describes Geoff Dyer’s unimprovably funny ‘trick while introducing…
Robert Harris on fake facts, his new novel – and why totalitarianism is in the air again
Steven Greenblatt’s cultural road trip is a compelling story of myth, theology and belief
The Fighting Fantasy geeks who became the godfathers of gaming
Sam Leith considers the breathtaking career of Nadar – the heroic self-publicist who took 19th-century Paris by storm
To Fortnum & Mason last week on the hottest evening of the year to present the Desmond Elliott Prize for…
Sam Leith canters through a fascinating, if eccentric, history of man’s long partnership with the horse
Sam Leith is delighted by the idea that having fun is the key to human progress
Why can’t ‘classic’ television adaptations look beyond Dickens, Austen and Tolstoy?
‘Joe lay in bed in his mother’s house. He thought about committing suicide. Such thinking was like a metronome for…
Sam Leith admires a smart, thoughtful book with a big idea at its heart – marred only, perhaps, by its ambitious claims for Don Quixote
I’d like this to have been one of those Spectator diaries that gives the ordinary reader a glimpse into the…
Who goes to the Sharjah International Book Fair? Sam Leith, for one
We should worry less about what to call Isis, and more about how to fight them