America

Hirohito, MacArthur and other villains

4 July 2015 9:00 am

The history of ‘great events’, Voltaire wrote, is ‘hardly more than the history of crimes’. Physically, the war in Asia…

Does history provide the answer to what happened in Tunisia?

4 July 2015 9:00 am

There’s a part of me that thinks OK, we’ve heard enough now, one year on from the beginning of the…

Jackie Mason reveals the secret of stand-up: avoid fried food

16 May 2015 9:00 am

What does it take to be a stand-up comic? Jackie Mason has absolutely no idea

I’d move to Kosovo if Ed Miliband became prime minister

9 May 2015 9:00 am

If any of you sees Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, walking around with a begging bowl in his…

When Peter Phillips met E.L. James

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Tours that start in Mexico have a nasty habit of repeating on one. Of all the British groups touring in…

Why American psychoanalysts are an endangered species

25 April 2015 9:00 am

America’s psychoanalysts are becoming an endangered species

Find the voice, find the character: Steve Nallon as Margaret Thatcher

Even those who reviled Thatcher will be moved, appalled and astonished: Dead Sheep at the Park reviewed

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Dead Sheep is a curious dramatic half-breed that examines Geoffrey Howe’s troubled relationship with Margaret Thatcher. Structurally it’s a Mexican…

Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in ‘Woman in Gold’

Woman in Gold review: even Helen Mirren is weighed down by the script’s banalities

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Woman in Gold feels rather like a Jewish version of Philomena as this too is about an older woman seeking…

Where Alcibiades once walked, amateur tax spies are trying to entrap poor pistachio-sellers

14 March 2015 9:00 am

 Athens I am walking on a wide pedestrian road beneath the Acropolis within 200 meters of the remaining Themistoclean wall…

Oh joy! Sean Penn has tried to crack a joke

28 February 2015 9:00 am

What a pleasure it is to see the Hollywood actor Sean Penn neck deep in PC ordure. The rodentine thespian…

Muswell Hill reviewed: a guide on how to sock it to London trendies

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Torben Betts is much admired by his near-namesake Quentin Letts for socking it to London trendies. Letts is one of…

The pleasures and perils of podcast listening

28 February 2015 9:00 am

No phrase is better calculated to tense the neck muscles of a regular podcast listener than ‘We have something special…

Law in action: Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman

Better Call Saul review: the box set equivalent of a (very) well-made play

14 February 2015 9:00 am

I lost count long ago of the number of dinner parties and pub conversations where I’ve had to utter the…

The art of Coke

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The Coca-Cola ‘contour’ bottle is 100 years old. Stephen Bayley salutes a design classic

King maker: David Oyelowo in ‘Selma’, the best performance of the year not nominated for an Oscar

Selma review: rich, nuanced, heartbreaking

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Selma, the civil rights film that stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, undoubtedly contains the best and most powerful…

Rambo wannabe, Matthew VanDyke: ‘Everybody wants cool stuff they can show their friends on Facebook’

Arabian Motorcycle Adventures review: enthralling and constantly surprising

7 February 2015 9:00 am

There were great numbers of young men who had never been in a war and were consequently far from unwilling…

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell

Foxcatcher: piercing, shattering, spellbinding

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Foxcatcher is a crime drama (of sorts) that has already been dubbed ‘Oscarcatcher!’ as it barely puts a foot wrong.…

How America’s right wing is becoming a lot more like Britain’s

22 November 2014 9:00 am

America’s right wing is becoming a lot more like Britain’s

Hooray for Homeland - Carrie’s back blasting America’s enemies to pieces with drones

25 October 2014 9:00 am

One of the more welcome and surprising things about television at the moment is that Homeland (Channel 4, Sunday) is…

Spectator letters: India’s forgotten soldiers, James Delingpole’s happy father, and a defence of public relations

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Worth the candle Sir: I was saddened by Charles Moore’s account of the Westminster Abbey candlelit vigil marking the centenary…

Julian Assange is a narcissist and a nut — and if America comes for him we should take his side

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…

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…

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