Life

Ireland’s abortion referendum has been horrifically one-sided

24 May 2018 7:04 pm

The debate has been characterised as a step into the 21st century – but the reality is far from it.

USC should fire its president – and every bureaucrat who could have stopped George Tyndall’s campaign of abuse

23 May 2018 4:54 am

A gynaecologist at one of America’s top universities is in the midst of a sexual assault scandal. Now its students and faculty are demanding change.

This is monarchy for the Netflix generation

20 May 2018 9:36 am

The less we hear about the Royal family, the better. With Meghan and Harry, this is exactly the reverse of what we’ll get.

Review: Let the Sunshine In

20 May 2018 9:32 am

Here in the English-speaking world, the hours after work and before dinner are known as the ‘reverse commute’. We spend…

How the British royal family became a very American obsession

18 May 2018 12:16 am

The nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle show the depth of American royalism.

Why do powerful men love to be spanked?

17 May 2018 6:39 pm

Spanking is back in the news. Le vice anglais was meant to be a dying art — a vestige of…

Is prejudice against conservatives similar to racism? Kind of…

17 May 2018 5:51 pm

Political ideology appears to function in the same way as race when it comes to marginalisation.

What Donald Trump can teach us about dealing with bullies

11 May 2018 10:41 am

I’ve been watching with interest the way Donald Trump deals with ‘awkward’ folk. He doesn’t muck about, that much is…

America’s winners are spiritually sick

7 May 2018 10:03 pm

If Trump is rotten from the core, what the hell does that say about the popular culture we’ve all let flourish in the past few decades?

Review: Godard Mon Amour

29 April 2018 10:53 am

It is now fifty years since the événements of May 1968, when young Parisians lobbed onobble stones at the police,…

The codes and codswallop surrounding Leonardo da Vinci

13 April 2018 11:59 am

‘If you look at walls soiled with a variety of stains or at stones with variegated patterns,’ Leonardo da Vinci…

Why catastrophising is my idea of a good time

13 April 2018 11:56 am

When, on a test of general knowledge, the highly educated score far worse than chimpanzees, university degrees may be overrated…

The Spice Girls sang about empowerment – better than the #MeToo whinging

13 April 2018 11:56 am

The recent news of a Spice Girls reunion will, I suspect, be greeted by some former fans with nostalgic longing…

Circe has been recast as the girl next door – it’s a sign of the times

13 April 2018 11:55 am

When poor old battered Odysseus landed on Circe’s island having lost all his ships (except his flagship) when he tangled…

Martin Luther King’s vision is being betrayed by progressives

7 April 2018 4:40 pm

Martin Luther King's vision was Christian, American, and liberal in a Jeffersonian way. Modern progressives conveniently forget this

The vlogging fantasy that bewitches children

24 March 2018 10:24 pm

My friend’s ten-year-old daughter has a new hobby. Like many of her school pals, she hopes to become a video…

Big data wants your vote

24 March 2018 8:48 am

From the outside it all looked haphazard and frenzied. A campaign that was skidding from scandal to crisis on its…

Bring back our bitchy celebs!

9 March 2018 2:51 pm

You would have to be quite odd not to approve of the sudden surge of solidarity amongst Hollywood stars of…

Meghan Marxist!

5 March 2018 2:30 pm

The wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry has no precedent in the history of the Royal family. How will…

Meghan Markle and the return of American anglophilia

23 January 2018 11:54 pm

Prince Harry’s imminent wedding to Meghan Markle will reinvigorate the dying special relationship between Britain and America. It is a…

In praise of French women

23 January 2018 11:53 pm

I spent the better part of two sunny days indoors writing about authenticity for a Greek magazine, a strange subject…

Encounters with eight presidents

23 January 2018 3:15 pm

I feel a bit of a fraud writing about the ‘presidents I knew’, since journalists do not really get to…

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…

I like Donald Trump — but don’t tell anyone

2 September 2017 9:00 am

I arrived for lunch a bit late and was led to the dining table. Our hostess disappeared back into the…