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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.

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.

The liberal mob has been trying to gaslight us for two years — and now the jig is up

July 10, 2018 2:37 pm

They have now gone further than many of its members ever intended. And it’s fascinating to behold.

Conservatives are wrong about free speech

July 6, 2018 4:04 pm

The consensus is that we all have to watch what we say. But is it true?

Technology has invaded our once peaceful homes

July 6, 2018 3:59 pm

Screens dominate – and houses are no longer the sanctuaries they once were.

The dream of driverless cars is dying

July 6, 2018 3:56 pm

Billions have been invested but autonomous vehicles will not be on a road any time soon.

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 pass. The next, you’ve walked into a lamp post, and knocked yourself unconscious. You wake…

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 can make them. This might seem strange, in a time of such political uncertainty, but…

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 the cost of making a documentary, and online streaming has resolved the problem of distribution.…

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…

The diversity trap

June 22, 2018 1:34 pm

Quotas mean discrimination. Britain must learn from Americas mistake.

The Bible’s #MeToo problem

June 22, 2018 1:08 pm

King David’s reputation is already mud. He’s a rapist who sent Bathsheba’s hubby to the front line so that he can get her into his bed.

‘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.

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