Arts

tom stoppard

Tom Stoppard in isolation

May 6, 2020 2:48 pm

If it were not for the terrors surrounding us, this is the life I’ve always wanted — social distancing without social disapproval

scriptnotes

The importance of sadism in writing a great screenplay

April 30, 2020 7:39 pm

Incitement to child murder aside, Scriptnotes is pleasantly technical

livestream

Livestream-hopping is just as irritating as being at a real festival

April 30, 2020 7:26 pm

Recreating the feel of a festival from your sofa — complete with terrible sightlines and not enough actual music — is disconcertingly easy

unorthodox

Unorthodox is superbly convincing

April 30, 2020 7:06 pm

The marital relations adviser provides a packet of dildos arranged, like spanners, in ascending size order

peckinpah classic cinema

What can we learn about coronavirus from classic cinema?

April 29, 2020 4:06 pm

My Sam Peckinpah lockdown bender

arts pages

From Middlemarch to Mickey Mouse: a short history of The Spectator’s books and arts pages

April 24, 2020 5:39 pm

The magazine has spent 10,000 issues identifying the dominant cultural phenomena of the day and being difficult about them

helen mirren spectator

How The Spectator discovered Helen Mirren

April 24, 2020 5:37 pm

From Enoch Powell to Danny La Rue: Hilary Spurling remembers how she was given free rein when she took over the arts and books pages in the 1960s

graham greene

How Graham Greene earned The Spectator a place in cinematic history

April 24, 2020 3:21 pm

The 400 film reviews he wrote for the magazine are full of sparkling observation

hud

Newman’s own

April 24, 2020 2:18 pm

A pink Cadillac in the Texas Panhandle

hockney

David Hockney’s splendid isolation

April 24, 2020 1:42 pm

The painter discusses life in rural Normandy, why the iPad is better than a brush and why he’s not a communist

bayreuth

Bayreuth, the greatest musical experience of his life

April 23, 2020 4:38 pm

The first performance of Parsifal at the 1962 Bayreuth Festival remains unforgettable, as some of my patient and weary friends will agree, having heard me fail to forget it

future hollywood

The future will not follow any of the already imagined Hollywood movie scripts

April 18, 2020 5:55 pm

We desperately need new scripts, new stories that will provide a realistic, non-catastrophic sense of where we should be going

sculpture

How to succeed in sculpture (without being a man)

April 16, 2020 5:47 pm

Male sculptors measure themselves against their peers; women sculptors, outside the hierarchy, go it alone

tiger king

Joe Exotic is an ordinary American

April 16, 2020 11:35 am

He is perhaps a little too fond of drugs and weaponry, but he has also overcome great personal misfortune

artemisia gentileschi

The life of Artemisia Gentileschi is made for Netflix, but it’s the art that really excites

April 12, 2020 11:25 am

In search of the feminist heroine, survivor of abuse, canny player of the art market and bravura painter

susan rosenberg

The bloody decade: think America’s divided now? Try the 1970s

April 12, 2020 11:12 am

In 1974 alone, there were 2,044 bombings in America, with 24 people killed

joe exotic tiger king

Joe Exotic might be the best gay role model I’ve seen on television

April 11, 2020 11:00 am

His existence throws a wrench in the narrative that the other America is a hateful land where Christians hunt homos for sport

belleville rendez-vous

The perfect film for family viewing: Belleville Rendez-Vous revisited

April 9, 2020 4:04 pm

Featuring the most endearing grandmother in film history, Sylvain Chomet’s pungently original and powerfully charming animation should have won an Oscar

passion

The best recordings of my favorite Passion

April 9, 2020 3:56 pm

The St Matthew is all about drawing us in closer, giving us time to reflect, feel, interject, to doubt even

billy connolly

Welder, banjo player, comedian, actor, and now artist — Billy Connolly interviewed

April 9, 2020 3:41 pm

Britain’s greatest comic story-teller discusses growing up in Glasgow, ditching the mike stand and living with Parkinson’s

jimmy fallon celebrities

Why we love to hate celebrities

April 6, 2020 9:10 pm

‘One World: Together at Home’ is a weirdly complacent name

virtual exhibitions

Are there ways in which virtual exhibitions are better than real ones?

April 2, 2020 3:49 pm

Go to the Closer to Van Eyck website, for example, and you can zoom in to examine the surface of his paintings as never before

haydn

The joy of Haydn’s string quartets

April 2, 2020 3:40 pm

Haydn survived smallpox, saw his house burn down (twice) and narrowly escaped castration

taylor swift

Taylor Swift is fascinating — but you really wouldn’t want to be her

April 2, 2020 3:25 pm

My tip for maximum pleasure is to avoid the rockumentaries about musicians you are interested in

meghan markle

Meghan Markle’s white privilege

April 1, 2020 12:14 pm

Elephant demands that we pity the weakness of the most powerful