New York

‘Exquisitely dressed and groomed, Stefan Zweig looks simply terrified’

Stefan Zweig: the tragedy of a great bad writer

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Stefan Zweig wasn’t, to be honest, a very good writer. This delicious fact was hugged to themselves by most of…

Norman Mailer’s wife comes out of the shadows

22 November 2014 9:00 am

‘It’s not as bad as I thought it would be,’ said Norman Mailer to his wife, Norris Church, after reading…

Snobbery, sneering and secret sniggers: the sad truth about the so-called 'special relationship'

22 November 2014 9:00 am

To the grand Herrera house on the upper east side of Manhattan for lunch in honour of Lord and Lady…

Cecil Beaton with Mickey the cat, Reddish house (self-portrait)

The genius of Cecil Beaton’s interiors

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The odds were a hundred to one against him. Brought up in bourgeois Bayswater by genteel parents, Cecil Beaton was…

Thomas Ades’s Polaris at Sadler’s Wells: the dance premiere of the year

15 November 2014 9:00 am

This has been an extraordinarily exciting fortnight, on and off stage. Premieres in anything from ice-skating to classical ballet, charismatic…

Martha Graham and Bertram Ross in Graham’s most famous work ‘Appalachian Spring’ (1944), with a prize-winning score by Aaron Copeland

To call this offering a book is an abuse of language

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I picked up this book with real enthusiasm. Who cannot be entranced by those 20 years after the second world…

Finding his feet: ‘Untitled (man and two women in a pastoral setting)’, 1940

How Rothko become the mythic superman of mystical abstraction

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Mark Rothko was an abstract artist who didn’t see himself as an abstract artist — or at least not in…

The battle for decency has been lost

18 October 2014 9:00 am

An intelligent letter from a reader, Stanislas Yassukovich CBE, warms my heart. It’s nice to know there are others as…

Is New York ready for Cydney the spaniel (and her Facebook friends)?

11 October 2014 9:00 am

As the maître d’ ushered me into the packed restaurant, I leaned in close and intoned softly, so as not…

The camera always lies

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Stephen Bayley explores how the camera shapes our relationship with architecture

Who cleans skyscrapers?

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Tough at the top The clocks on Big Ben were cleaned by abseiling window-cleaners. Some other big cleaning/painting jobs: —…

One of three portraits of Dylan Thomas by Alfred Janes

Dylan Thomas: boozer, womaniser, sponger, charlatan — or master craftsman?

10 May 2014 9:00 am

In Dylan Thomas’s centenary year, Hilly Janes recalls her father’s friendship with the poet and his visits to the Boat House at Laugharne

Governments have failed — mayors are the future

12 April 2014 9:00 am

The power to effect real change may lie with dynamic city halls rather than ossified national governments

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

5 April 2014 9:00 am

 New York Back to the mythic city, dreamed into existence by the movies long ago and instantly memorable, a visually…

Lessons from Tina Brown on the art of failing upwards

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Shortly after I started working at Vanity Fair in the mid-1990s, I suggested to my boss Graydon Carter that I…

Caught between a New Age rock and a theory junkie hard place

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Siri Hustvedt’s new novel isn’t exactly an easy read — but the casual bookshop browser should be reassured that it’s…

Dear Bill de Blasio: there are better reasons to boycott the St Patrick's Day parade

8 March 2014 9:00 am

The new mayor of New York, who despite his name (Bill de Blasio) claims Irish ancestry, is boycotting this month’s…

The Seagram Building, Park Avenue, New York

The man who gave the world (but not London) the glass skyscraper

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Modern Architecture, capitalised thus, is now securely and uncontroversially compartmentalised into art history, its bombast muted, its hard-edge revolutions blurred…

Hotel Chelsea

Where artists went to drink and die

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Once below a time (to quote the man himself) the bloated poet Dylan Thomas slouched back to New York’s Chelsea…

Taki: the wisdom of 12-year-olds

7 December 2013 9:00 am

 New York I’m in an extremely happy state as I write this because a young Englishman flew over the ocean…

Taki: The joke that made me like Mike Tyson

30 November 2013 9:00 am

New York   Nature is at her best right now, the leaves still holding, Central Park awash in golden browns…

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

2 November 2013 9:00 am

New York Hot money from China, India, Russia and Singapore is pouring into London; hotter money from the same countries…

Taki: Mayor Bloomberg has sold New York out to the highest bidder

5 October 2013 9:00 am

 New York The trouble with driving into the city is nostalgia. Manhattan Island looms into view and it still has…

Inspired by a New York elementary school

1 June 2013 9:00 am

I’m writing this from New York where I’m spending a few days visiting elementary schools. It feels odd to be…

Decline in New York

20 January 2010 12:00 am

A connection between poetry and blindness is a classical trope.