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Drake’s soft centre makes him a new type of hip-hop role model

18 July 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’

17 July 2018 3:21 pm

She didn’t merely ‘step away’, no matter what the headlines say.

Meet Michiko Kakutani, the conservative

16 July 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

13 July 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

12 July 2018 3:59 pm

The author writes knowledgeably and approachably about music and sympathetically about his cast of characters

Cease to strive! Now!

12 July 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

10 July 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

10 July 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

6 July 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

6 July 2018 3:59 pm

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

The dream of driverless cars is dying

6 July 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

6 July 2018 3:44 pm

She's a master of light summery pop songs.

The virtuoso virtue-signallers of classical music

6 July 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

6 July 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?

3 July 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

1 July 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 

29 June 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

26 June 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

24 June 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

22 June 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

22 June 2018 1:34 pm

Quotas mean discrimination. Britain must learn from Americas mistake.

The Bible’s #MeToo problem

22 June 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

21 June 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.

The #MeToo movement is making sex great again

21 June 2018 1:50 pm

Yes, many of the new rules of engagement for sex are silly and excessive — but so are the freedoms offered by enlightened liberal orthodoxies