Arts

Channel 4 doesn’t do ‘news’ in any meaningful sense of the word – it’s pure propaganda

July 19, 2018 12:51 pm

Gone are the days when political interviewers were dispassionate seekers-after-truth on a mission to get the best out of their subjects.

Paul Simon says farewell with a daring and inventive show

July 19, 2018 12:47 pm

One of America's greatest songwriters enchants London

Drake’s soft centre makes him a new type of hip-hop role model

July 18, 2018 4:41 pm

The Canadian rapper’s response to Pusha-T on his new album is nimble and reasonable.

The real reason Scarlett Johansson abandoned her ‘trans role’

July 17, 2018 3:21 pm

She didn’t merely ‘step away’, no matter what the headlines say.

Meet Michiko Kakutani, the conservative

July 16, 2018 2:38 pm

The former New York Times reviewer’s study of truth reveals how she’s been driven to outrage by the erosion of cultural and critical values.

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My chat with Harvey Weinstein

July 13, 2018 4:11 pm

The disgraced movie producer reached out to Taki with a ‘world exclusive’ about Rose McGowan and Asia Argento

Chopin’s Piano is an eclectic trip through 19th-century romanticism

July 12, 2018 3:59 pm

The author writes knowledgeably and approachably about music and sympathetically about his cast of characters

Cease to strive! Now!

July 12, 2018 3:42 pm

This academic study of idleness is very deep, way deep, so deep in fact as to be virtually unreadable.

Donald Trump’s fixation on celebrity is what makes him so…American

July 10, 2018 3:02 pm

It’s almost impossible to imagine the President praising a book or a person or an idea, or really anything, that hasn’t been approved by a lot of people.

Ignore Lily Allen’s sub-adolescent politics – her new album is brilliant

July 6, 2018 3:44 pm

She's a master of light summery pop songs.

The virtuoso virtue-signallers of classical music

July 6, 2018 3:42 pm

Music is no longer taught as music, but as social history or an exercise in building self-esteem.

Up close with the Rolling Stones

July 6, 2018 3:37 pm

Ronnie Wood’s girlfriend was there – and Mick’s oldest Dartford school friend.

Sure, Donald Trump is uncultured – but is that such a bad thing?

July 3, 2018 10:19 pm

The president may be averse to the arts, but he’s hardly shaking the republic to its core.

Freaky Friday for the sex wars: Netflix’s I Am Not an Easy Man reviewed

July 1, 2018 12:19 pm

You know the feeling. One minute, you’re an oversexed adman, strolling the streets of Paris and propositioning every woman you…

The obscenity of the art world 

June 29, 2018 10:38 am

You’ve probably heard that we’re in a boom time for the art business, breaking sales records as fast as we…

David Lynch and the new Trumpian counter culture

June 26, 2018 6:23 pm

The director recognises Trump’s startling originality and willingness to look beyond the taken-for-granted modus operandi of the Washington Establishment.

Film review: Westwood – Punk, Icon, Activist

June 24, 2018 11:39 am

This is a golden age for documentaries, if you have time to view them. Digital film and editing have reduced…

A reply to my critics: Don’t fight racism with racism

June 22, 2018 1:39 pm

Dear 2016 WriteNow mentees, Thanks so much for your open letter to me. It seems only good manners for me…

‘I think The Kinks could have found a better frontman’: Ray Davies interviewed

June 21, 2018 2:19 pm

For all his reputation as one of England’s defining pop songwriters, America was Davies’ inspiration, and it is to the subject of America that he has been drawn these past few years.

The comic masterpiece of Donald J. Trump

June 20, 2018 4:49 pm

Conrad Black explains how the President consistently and hilariously outplays his enemies, provoking and then exploiting the friction between him and them to raise himself to ever greater heights.

Ocean’s Eight: the women star, but the ethnics still do the dirty work

June 10, 2018 2:43 pm

Women get paid less in Hollywood. Surely the budget for the female variation on Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Thirteen could…

Why Niall Ferguson’s retreat to the ivory tower is deeply problematic

June 8, 2018 8:12 pm

Niall Ferguson’s decision to disengage with students and their politics is wrong. While such a statement may bring glee to…

Cynical, one-dimensional and oddly colourless: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom reviewed

June 7, 2018 12:34 pm

Back in the mists of prehistory, when I was eight, dinosaur films followed a set pattern. The dinosaurs themselves would…

Why is this Israeli drama such a hit with Palestinians? Because it tells the truth

June 7, 2018 12:32 pm

‘The rule in our household is: if a TV series hasn’t got subtitles, it’s not worth watching,’ a friend told…

Musically, politically and culturally, Kanye West is uncontrollable and unignorable

June 7, 2018 12:30 pm

Kanye West is more than halfway in to the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame — if his politics don’t block the…