High life

barbara

What Barbara Black’s choice of friends says about her

October 25, 2020 4:21 pm

Conrad Black is a terrific writer-historian, as is Barbara Black

taki new york

I’m now considered a freak in New York

October 22, 2020 9:15 am

A fierce dedication to family and country is now considered anathema, like having good manners or wearing a suit

mistress

The art of being a mistress

September 26, 2020 7:50 am

Nobody ever wins when dealing with the Saudis, and Juan Carlos was no exception

lying biden

Trump should take lessons in lying from Joe Biden

September 10, 2020 12:04 am

The one-sided reporting of undeniable goings-on in America is a real eye-opener

bob geldof

Bob Geldof is an unconventional Zoom host

September 3, 2020 12:42 am

You can take all the phony sincerity in him, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room for a dozen anti-Taki insults

america

Who on earth would hope for the abolition of America?

August 20, 2020 9:44 am

The narrative of white patriarchy is repeated ad nauseam by the media

war

How to fight a good war

August 13, 2020 12:23 pm

I shall never forget the first time an account of the Battle of Marathon was read to me

serifos island

Island life is not for me

August 6, 2020 12:43 am

Serifos is an island in the western Cyclades that once upon a time was a place of exiles

mob elite polanski

The mob mentality of the elite

July 18, 2020 1:57 pm

Wagner believed that Nietzsche went bonkers on account of an excess of masturbation. If that’s true, many present types should be in the nuthouse

johnny depp

My advice to Johnny Depp

July 17, 2020 9:51 am

Yes, I know, it looks bad for him right now, and worse is yet to come

literary festival

How not to run a literary festival

July 2, 2020 12:09 pm

I will never isolate again, no matter how good it has been for my health

switzerland

Switzerland is now an enemy of the rich

June 23, 2020 1:22 pm

The new socialist regime in Bern is out to kill the golden calf and is succeeding

speech

The death of free speech

June 18, 2020 11:50 am

Most people who ended up in America went there in the first place because they were tired of kneeling

births children

I’ve made up for missing all my children’s and grandchildren’s births

May 28, 2020 3:01 pm

After my father died I instructed the household always to refer to me as the GP, which stood for ‘great provider’

gstaad

Dwelling on death in Gstaad

May 10, 2020 11:18 am

Living dangerously helps put death in the right perspective

taki high life

Writing my High Life column made a man of me

April 23, 2020 4:59 pm

It anchored me and gave my playboy life a sense of purpose

greece

The way Greece has conducted itself in this pandemic is an example to us all

April 9, 2020 4:15 pm

Once this plague is over, national barriers might make a comeback and be seen as more than just an impediment to human freedom

lady macbeth messalina

My fellow dinner guests made me feel like a combination of Messalina and Lady Macbeth

March 29, 2020 4:49 pm

What is it about loud American women that makes men like Charlie Glass and myself, two fairer-sex-obsessed males, wince?

monsters

Why do monsters make such good writers?

March 11, 2020 5:22 pm

Hitler put down ‘writer’ as his occupation while starving and unemployed in Vienna

bloomie

What makes Bloomie run?

March 2, 2020 12:35 pm

Let’s not hear it for the little guy

spectator

Why Spectator readers are the nicest people

February 27, 2020 9:13 am

Even the Anglophobe Alexandra, my wife, has become an instant Anglophile on their account

euphoria

The TV show that rots young minds

February 26, 2020 4:31 pm

Euphoria is doing for young people’s morality what British Bomber Command and the USAAF did for the architecture of Dresden

bloomberg

Why Bloomberg will be president

February 20, 2020 8:15 am

Trump spent $66 million of his own fortune in 2016, but the cynical Bloomberg laughs at the puny Trump wealth

ugly

The appeal of ugly men

February 14, 2020 11:28 am

Women want something more than looks, and if brains are not on offer, then power will do nicely

architecture new york

New York has really gone to pot when the tallest skyscrapers lie empty

January 26, 2020 12:58 pm

Bad taste and bad manners are ubiquitous in New York, so why should good taste suddenly prevail in putting up buildings?