New York

Niven Govinden. Credit: Dan Lepard

A drag army in waiting: This Brutal House, by Niven Govinden, reviewed

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Niven Govinden’s This Brutal House is set in the demi-monde of the New York vogue ball. This is an organised,…

Sandra Newman. Credit: George Baier

Parallel worlds: The Heavens, by Sandra Newman, reviewed

18 May 2019 9:00 am

The Heavens is Sandra Newman’s eighth book. It follows novels featuring, variously, sex addiction, Buddhism and a post-apocalyptic teen dystopia;…

The death of New York’s nightlife

18 May 2019 9:00 am

New York   This is my last week in the Bagel and I’m going to give it the old college…

My prescription to make New York happy again

30 March 2019 9:00 am

New York   This place feels funny, a bit like Beirut, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, Druze and encamped Palestinians live…

Writing as revenge: Memories of the Future, by Siri Hustvedt, reviewed

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Why are people interested in their past? One possible reason is that you can interact with it, recruiting it as…

How did no one think the premise of Mums Make Porn was questionable?

23 March 2019 9:00 am

What can parents do about the avalanche of pornography available to their children on tablet, phone and laptop? This question…

I’m back in New York: the city that’s perennially offended

23 March 2019 9:00 am

New York   Goodbye, snow-capped peaks; hello, swampy brown East River. So long, fresh alpine air; greetings to choking diesel…

Times Square

New York: the fact – and fiction

8 December 2018 9:00 am

New York At times I used to think the place was real. The New York of films, that is. The…

An extraordinary encounter in a New York taxi

24 November 2018 9:00 am

New York   If I wrote this in one of those newspaper diaries about metropolitan life, no one would believe…

Ah, Brooklyn I miss you: Brooklyn Heights, New York

A love letter to Brooklyn Heights

3 November 2018 9:00 am

New York I now know it by heart. Brooklyn Heights, that is. It takes 35 minutes by cab from where…

circa 1935: A view east on 42nd Street in New York City towards the Chrysler Building. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Requiem for New York

27 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   In the dark she still looks good. The mystery and magnetism linger until dawn, then you slowly…

Fear and loathing in New York

Why truth gets you nowhere

20 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   There is fear and loathing in this city, with men looking over their shoulders for the thought…

Partying with the Clintons

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad   The bells are ringing, the bells are ringing, ding dong, ding dong. The cows are down from up…

Taki: The forgotten heroes of Christmas

16 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s that time of year again. Yippee! And get your wallets out. Scrooges are no longer tolerated at Christmas, although…

Drugs and drag queens in New York’s vanished clubland

25 November 2017 9:00 am

In 2014 Michael Alig, impresario, party promoter and drug provider, was released on parole after 17 years in prison for…

Security overkill is terror’s real triumph

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The moment the news broke on Halloween that an Uzbek in a rental truck had just killed eight people on…

Despite everything, America is beautiful — especially at West Point

18 November 2017 9:00 am

What is left to say after the church shooting in the Home of the Depraved? Those killed in Texas included…

Why I’m moving to London (if Brexit happens. that is)

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I hate to say this, but the quality of life in the Bagel has crashed in a Harvey Weinstein-like way.…

In thrall to the Mob on Manhattan Beach

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Much has been made of the American novelist Jennifer Egan’s mutation, in her latest novel, from purveyor of metafiction and…

‘Self Portrait’, 1984, by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Where did it go wrong for Basquiat?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Art by its very essence is of the new… There is only one healthy diet for artistic creation: permanent revolution.’…

Salman Rushdie’s dystopic – and frighteningly real – vision of America

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Life has far more imagination than we do, says the epigraph from Truffaut that opens Salman Rushdie’s 12th novel —…

Will Radio 3’s bold new season find new listeners – or alienate their core audience?

9 September 2017 9:00 am

As Classic FM celebrated its quarter-century on Wednesday with not a recording but a live broadcast of a concert from…

Tales of three cities

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Remember Douglas Coupland? Remember Tama Janowitz? Remember Lisa St Aubin de Terán? Banana Yoshimoto? Françoise Sagan? The voice of your…

Cynthia Ozick veers between the pithy and the prolix

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Letters of Intent — letters of the intense. Keen readers of Cynthia Ozick (are there any other kind?) will of…

To Katz’s deli, an amazing theme park of Jewish-American food

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Katz’s Delicatessen, established 1888, is a theme park of Jewish-American food, with tribute gift shop, on the lower east side…