Culture

Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking

What shall we tell Oscar?

It’s close to midnight on a Saturday evening in September at the Hudson hotel in Manhattan and spirits at the…

30 Nov 2014

Shelf defence

You’d be forgiven for thinking that bookshops only ever close down. More than 500 have shut since 2005, leaving fewer…

30 Nov 2014

Please look after this bear

You adapted very well to life in London — were you concerned about how you might get on working in…

30 Nov 2014

Mars in his eyes

Would you follow Elon Musk to the Red Planet?

30 Nov 2014

Attack of the one day vegans

The other night I attended an awards bash in LA, the Britannias. It’s where Bafta LA members congratulate each other…

30 Nov 2014
Clockwise from top: Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Tribute to Felix Baumgartner, £6,500; Romain Gauthier 950 Platinum Ruthenium dial, £45,650: Girard Perregaux 1966, £18,850, both available at William & Son

The Wish List

Clockwise from top: Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Tribute to Felix Baumgartner, £6,500; Romain Gauthier 950 Platinum Ruthenium…

30 Nov 2014

Who’ll win the TV polls?

Anyone who tells you they know how next year’s general election will play out is either a fool or full…

29 Nov 2014

Driven by distraction

If I could have your attention for just one minute please… if you would… all right, half a minute would…

29 Nov 2014

Bagsy books

Maria comes from a very old family of bookbinders. The bookbindery is in her family’s house, the Palazzo Marigliano in Naples.…

29 Nov 2014

A big beast in kitten heels

‘She doesn’t rate Cameron any more. She did, but not any more,’ confides a friend of the Home Secretary. ‘There…

25 Nov 2014

Let’s get down and dirty

By the time a politician stands up to give a speech, it has been briefed out, pre-butted, rebutted, shredded in…

20 Sep 2014

Jack Huston

When I first met Jack I was struck that he looks like a Huston (he’s the nephew of Anjelica Huston…

20 Sep 2014
ILLUSTRATION BY MARCUS BUTT

Rich Boys from Brazil

Forget the blingy Russians clogging up the streets of Kensingtongrad with their Lamborghinis; ignore for now the Chinese tourists thronging…

20 Sep 2014

Charity balls

Something strange has happened in the world of charity fund-raising. It’s what Malcolm Gladwell calls a tipping point, and what…

20 Sep 2014

Jane Again

It took all of two minutes of deep thought — well, of thought — to answer the question put to…

The great divide

Last year my wife Holly and I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, a stunning colonial town nestled in the Shenandoah mountains.…

20 Sep 2014

Crash Course

The question came to me the other week when I read about a youngish graduate in London living in a…

20 Sep 2014

What’s not to Leica?

Just off Oxford Street, there is a dusty little camera shop. At first glance, you would think it had been…

20 Sep 2014

The Wish List

1. Vintage sapphire ring with diamonds in platinum, £POA, Boodles; 2. Sarah Ho collection rose gold ring with a cabochon…

20 Sep 2014

Vice Versa

Do you remember buying a newspaper for the first time? It’s a big deal, a conscious decision to grow up…

20 Sep 2014

Lovely Squares

There’s a surreal sight at the western entrance to the gardens of St James’s Square these days. An isolated set…

20 Sep 2014

Riot act

Where better for Spectator Life to meet Max Irons, star of The Riot Club, Lone Scherfig’s film loosely based on…

20 Sep 2014
Max Irons as the likeable Miles

Buller Bull

Spoiler alert: the first five minutes of The Riot Club are so dreadful that you’ll wish you hadn’t gone. It…

20 Sep 2014
Madeline Weinrib’s New York loft

Pattern Recognition

I am lucky enough to work at House & Garden, where photographs of houses much more sophisticated than my own…

20 Sep 2014
Gohar Dashti, ‘Today’s Life And War #5’, 2008

Between two worlds

For anyone in the art world, one of the places to be this month is Istanbul, which is fast becoming…

20 Sep 2014

Don’t reach for the stars

‘Meeting Kylie at her intimate gig,’ runs the Mastercard ad. ‘Priceless.’ Wrong: vaguely unfulfilling. And that’s at best. At worst…

20 Sep 2014