High life

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?

middle east

The Middle East for dummies

January 9, 2020 9:01 am

Assad is not the worst guy in Syria. That label belongs to the US-armed and financed ‘moderate rebels’

2019

Why 2019 has been a wonderful year

December 28, 2019 11:19 am

There will never be an age limit for skiing in Gstaad because most rich people don’t ski

prince andrew

Prince Andrew and me

November 28, 2019 12:21 am

Stupidity reigns supreme

social media

I’d rather live under communism than the tyranny of social media

November 14, 2019 12:28 pm

My advice to my fellow octogenarians? Lay off the cocaine

ladies in black

The most uplifting film ever made

October 24, 2019 9:26 am

Ladies in Black is the type of movie we should all be watching

new york american

The differences between British and American readers

October 20, 2019 5:08 pm

The New York Times is the media institution that plays the most destructive role in American life

roy cohn

Why Roy Cohn is not one of the world’s most evil men

October 10, 2019 12:24 pm

He may have had a gruff exterior but I always thought he was gooey inside

underwear

What you can tell about a man from his choice of underwear

October 3, 2019 1:02 pm

I have always been suspicious of men who wear ball-huggers, as my son calls them, rather than boxer shorts

new york

An elegy for New York

September 26, 2019 7:15 am

The city’s character has been irretrievably lost

cows

Why I prefer cows to humans

September 19, 2019 11:24 am

The four-legged beasts are an improvement on the kind of tourists we’ve been getting of late

man

How to be a man

August 29, 2019 11:38 am

Manhood is having a sense of duty that means you never leave a wife, but also a sense of entitlement that means you never give up a mistress

upper east side

Upper East Side dinners with Bret Easton Ellis and Tom Wolfe

August 22, 2019 8:28 am

The evenings were informal and relaxed

birthday

Another birthday has got me down, but the alternative is being dead

August 15, 2019 11:06 am

I’ve never felt younger, but I have to stop giving advice to people