Sam Leith

Education

How to kill the English language

Modifying clauses, modal verbs, adjectives, shifts of voice — these are all just objects in the toolkit

By Sam Leith

Art

The best video games to buy for Christmas

With the latest generation of consoles comes some great new games

By Sam Leith

Books

Feline intelligence: the complicated world of Mary Gaitskill

In a simplifying age, Mary Gaitskill writes about complex relationships — as well as fashion, fiction, sex and cats

By Sam Leith

Books

Barack Obama is the centrist dad’s centrist dad

A Promised Land by Barack Obama reviewed

By Sam Leith

In defense of wokeness

The culture wars are now being conducted almost entirely through sneering — and as long as they are, they will remain unwinnable

By Sam Leith

Home

She was just a damn cat — and I loved her

In recent months she grew thinner. You could feel her bones through her fur, and that fur sat less smoothly on her skin

By Sam Leith

Books

Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring influence

Is secularism Christianity by other means?

By Sam Leith

Politics

How do you enforce anarchy?

The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone is a very interesting experiment

By Sam Leith

Home

Heads in the cloud

Life in the age of COVID-19 is connected but unconnected

By Sam Leith

Books

The wisdom of Salman

Rushdie on fathers, fictions and fatwas

By Sam Leith

Home

Coronavirus has made amateur mathematicians of us all

Mathematical models help you to feel like you have a handle on what’s going on

By Sam Leith

Home

There’s no sign of apocalypse in North London — yet

As with terrorism, it’s often not the thing that has the potential to do damage, but the reaction to the thing

By Sam Leith

Books

Who is he?

The guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend talks to Sam Leith about madness, sleep bubbles and his new novel

By Sam Leith

Book Review

The real Calamity Jane was distressingly unlike her legend

Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane by Karen R. Jones reviewed

By Sam Leith

Books

Oh Nancy, Nancy!

The mysterious appeal of my first detective: A Slightly Foxed books Essay

By Sam Leith

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