Sam Leith

Book Review

Who are today’s fictional heroes?

The Hero by Lee Child reviewed

By Sam Leith

Internet

Sordid confessions of a Centrist Dad

I have taken to seeking out short films of taboo figures like Tony Blair and Barack Obama, being maturely analytical and thrillingly reasonable

By Sam Leith

Internet

Words matter: we must be more honest about language

When we say politicians should be pilloried, we don’t mean passers-by should throw rocks at them

By Sam Leith

Politics

Why Trump’s Fourth of July speech was a botch job

To succeed as a speaker, you need timing, luck and a connection with your audience

By Sam Leith

Middle East

The baffling oratory of Jared Kushner

Safe to say his speech in Bahrain will not solve Israel-Palestine

By Sam Leith

Internet

Common sense is the real generation gap – just ask John Cleese

What has he done? He has Said Something On Twitter

By Sam Leith

Books

Gothic extremes of human cruelty

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris reviewed

By Sam Leith

Books

‘Come on, cancel me’: An interview with Bret Easton Ellis

The American Psycho author is back – and still causing controversy

By Sam Leith

Books

Mister Miracle, the cheesiest of all superheroes

Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads reviewed

By Sam Leith

Book Review

Edward Gorey: master of the macabre

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery reviewed

By Sam Leith

Education

Conservatives are wrong about free speech

The consensus is that we all have to watch what we say. But is it true?

By Sam Leith

Books

Spectator Books: Behold, America

Is the “American Dream”, as Donald Trump claims, dead? Is “America First” a policy of national pride or a dogwhistle to white supremacists? In this week’s books podcast we take the long view. My guest, Sarah Churchwell, excavates the long histories and surprisingly variable meanings of these two phrases in her new book Behold, America: […]

By Sam Leith

Book Review

Might LSD be good for you?

When Peregrine Worsthorne was on Desert Island Discs in 1992, he chose as his luxury item a lifetime supply of LSD. He may, according to the American journalist Michael Pollan’s fiercely interesting new book, have been on to something. Acid has a bad name these days: either a threat to the sanity of your children, […]

By Sam Leith

Books

Only an idiot would choose to live at any other time than the present

Steven Pinker’s new book is a characteristically fluent, decisive and data-rich demonstration of why, given the chance to live at any point in human history, only a stone-cold idiot would choose any time other than the present. On average, humans are by orders of magnitude healthier, wealthier, nicer, happier, longer lived, more free and better […]

By Sam Leith

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