Arts

count basie

Count my blessings

June 10, 2020 9:49 pm

Meeting the inimitable Basie

We need black conservatism

June 10, 2020 5:51 am

We are living through an update of radical chic. Elite white liberals are apologizing for and even applauding the worst…

christo

Christo’s art of self-promotion

June 7, 2020 5:40 pm

The late artist and his wife spent years assiduously burnishing his image

shape-note singing

The shape of things

June 1, 2020 10:16 pm

On shape-note singing and my friend Stephen

dion

Meet Dion, one of the last living links to the earliest days of rock ’n’ roll

May 28, 2020 2:13 pm

Doo-wop’s elder statesman on Buddy Holly, Dylan and King David

literary disco

The Literary Disco podcast made me want to throw my laptop at the wall

May 28, 2020 1:55 pm

‘This is what 900 pages of turgid prose sounds like,’ says one of the hosts, letting Middlemarch drop to his desk

white lines

I so wanted to enjoy White Lines but it’s spectacularly uninvolving

May 28, 2020 1:34 pm

The Netflix series feels like you’ve dropped molly and are waiting for it to kick in but nothing seems to be happening

berlin petrenko

I’m still not wholly convinced by Kirill Petrenko: Berlin Phil’s Digital Concert Hall reviewed

May 28, 2020 1:14 pm

The orchestra’s online archive offers an impressive spread of performances, including Rattle conducting Tom and Jerry and a Karajan concert that is appalling and magnificent

abba bands

From ABBA to Pet Shop Boys: how bands got their names

May 28, 2020 11:40 am

The Ramones were paying tribute to Paul McCartney, who used the pseudonym ‘Paul Ramon’ when checking into hotels

right view

The Real White House Housewives

May 26, 2020 2:27 pm

A first look at The Right View, the Trump campaign’s new talk show

joe rogan

What makes Joe Rogan so successful?

May 26, 2020 12:38 pm

No single factor explains it

animal crossing

Why do they call it a game? It is servitude: Nintendo Switch’s Animal Crossing reviewed

May 21, 2020 2:15 pm

Lynn Barber isn’t sure she’s cut out to be The Spectator’s new gaming correspondent

clarence thomas

The Clarence Thomas documentary is a must-see

May 21, 2020 1:07 pm

If you are already an admirer of Justice Thomas, you are going to enjoy spending time with him

Call Her Daddy hosts Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn (Barstool Sports)
porch

The renaissance of the porch

May 17, 2020 12:28 pm

You could not ask for a more perfect COVID cloister

david copperfield

The similarity between Charles Dickens and Armando Iannucci

May 15, 2020 1:46 pm

The director's new work, The Personal History of David Copperfield, is certainly brave

vertigo

Why does anyone still praise Vertigo and its creepy, wonky plot?

May 14, 2020 5:31 pm

Hitchcock’s thriller is hailed as the greatest film of all time, but its plot is full of holes and it’s creepy, and not in a good way

beastie boys

Joyous and very, very funny: Beastie Boys Story reviewed

May 14, 2020 4:59 pm

I came away wishing the Beastie Boys were my friends, and feeling glad they still care for each other

caliphate

Netflix’s Caliphate is all too frighteningly plausible

May 14, 2020 4:48 pm

To try to save herself and her baby, Pervin has to spy on her husband’s Isis terror cell

anton bruckner

The best recordings of Bruckner’s Eighth, the greatest symphony

May 14, 2020 4:17 pm

Some of the old-timers who you might expect to be in tune with Bruckner’s Eighth now seem rather superficial, including Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer

george formby british

Did George Formby and Gracie Fields really help Britain out of the Depression?

May 14, 2020 3:13 pm

Cheer Up! British Musical Films, 1929-1945 by Adrian Wright reviewed

salvant

Salvant grace

May 13, 2020 5:38 pm

Cécile McLorin Salvant’s shock of the new

marjane satrapi

Difficult women

May 11, 2020 5:15 pm

Marjane Satrapi, the author-director of Persepolis, tells Sarah Ditum about her Marie Curie biopic, exile from Iran and fears for the future of democracy

dave rubin

Did Dave Rubin steal the only good idea in his book?

May 8, 2020 6:18 pm

‘I’m writing my book too and I’m not gonna steal “factory settings” obviously...’

sopranos podcasts

The unstoppable rise of television-rewatch podcasts

May 7, 2020 8:18 pm

There are some genuinely bruising — and suitably profane — allegations against Robert De Niro