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USC should fire its president – and every bureaucrat who could have stopped George Tyndall’s campaign of abuse

23 May 2018 4:54 am

A gynaecologist at one of America’s top universities is in the midst of a sexual assault scandal. Now its students and faculty are demanding change.

This is monarchy for the Netflix generation

20 May 2018 9:36 am

The less we hear about the Royal family, the better. With Meghan and Harry, this is exactly the reverse of what we’ll get.

Review: Let the Sunshine In

20 May 2018 9:32 am

Here in the English-speaking world, the hours after work and before dinner are known as the ‘reverse commute’. We spend these hours standing on trains, sitting in cars, or pedaling for our lives. Over there…

Why do prettier sex-pest men get away with it?

18 May 2018 7:15 pm

Because we're living under the New Misogyny

How the British royal family became a very American obsession

18 May 2018 12:16 am

The nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle show the depth of American royalism.

Silicon Valley has entered the culture war to ‘make the world a better place’

17 May 2018 8:42 pm

By ceasing its promotion of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion's music, Spotify aims to show its users that they are headed towards the moral promised land.

Why do powerful men love to be spanked?

17 May 2018 6:39 pm

Spanking is back in the news. Le vice anglais was meant to be a dying art — a vestige of…

Is prejudice against conservatives similar to racism? Kind of…

17 May 2018 5:51 pm

Political ideology appears to function in the same way as race when it comes to marginalisation.

Tom Wolfe 1931-2018

15 May 2018 4:36 pm

Tom Wolfe has died at the age of 87. In 1998, William Cash interviewed the great author for The Spectator: Yes, Tom Wolfe does own one of those 12-room Upper East Side apartments, as he…

Review: Racer and the Jailbird. Terrible name, great film

12 May 2018 3:10 pm

Racer and the Jailbird is a terrible name for a film. It sounds like an unsolicited tribute to that sorrily misbegotten Seventies’ genre, the action-comedy buddy movie—like Freebie and the Bean (1974) or Smokey and…

What Donald Trump can teach us about dealing with bullies

11 May 2018 10:41 am

I’ve been watching with interest the way Donald Trump deals with ‘awkward’ folk. He doesn’t muck about, that much is clear, and you know what? It works. He’s threatened to take the trade war to…

Review: My Fair Lady

10 May 2018 5:33 pm

In, Bartlett Sher's revival, Eliza Doolittle's stalwart character is the great triumph.

Peace in our time: If Katy Perry and Taylor Swift can do it, why not the Middle East?

9 May 2018 5:01 pm

Cynically timed to minimise news coverage, Katy Perry’s decision to bury the hatchet with Taylor Swift just as things are kicking off big style in the Middle East is nevertheless huge news. The parallels between…

America’s winners are spiritually sick

7 May 2018 10:03 pm

If Trump is rotten from the core, what the hell does that say about the popular culture we’ve all let flourish in the past few decades?

Disobedience is disappointing

5 May 2018 10:20 am

If you were to revisit the house you grew up in, would you take a look at your old bedroom? The answer is yes, of course you would—unless, that is, you are Ronit, Rachel Weisz’s…

Review: Godard Mon Amour

29 April 2018 10:53 am

It is now fifty years since the événements of May 1968, when young Parisians lobbed onobble stones at the police, occupied the Sorbonne, and launched the Boomers’ long march through the institutions. That makes it…

The fake news that’s fit to print

24 April 2018 9:21 pm

A doozy of a correction from the New York Times. On Sunday the Gray Lady published a profile of Campbell Brown, the CNN anchor turned head of news partnerships at Facebook, by Times tech reporter Nellie Bowles.…

None of my Harvard students thinks Brexit is a good idea

21 April 2018 4:41 pm

My wife laughs that my love of gadgets is a remnant of my Communist upbringing, when western toys were objects…

A reek of imperial failure and War-on-Terror resentment: Beirut reviewed

21 April 2018 12:42 pm

Is Jon Hamm’s name really Jon Hamm? Or is it a stage name, meant to telegraph his acting style? When an actor is called Slim Pickens, you know he’ll never play the Dane. Hamm is…

Is Morrissey alt-right? Or just a celebrity who’s not a coward?

19 April 2018 10:32 pm

Has the British artist Steven Patrick Morrissey, often known simply by his last name Morrissey, embraced the alt-right? Or is he just living proof that not every celebrity Brit is a moral coward? This week, the…