Taki

Taki Theodoracopulos has written The Spectator's High Life column since 1977.

How to fight a good war

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Serifos   There’s no high life here, only family life, so I’ve been hitting the books about great Greeks of…

Island life is not for me

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Island of Serifos Let’s get one thing straight: island life is not for me. Island life off a boat, jawohl,…

I love Greece and the Greeks but they have destroyed Athens

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Athens   This ancient city without tourists reminds me of the Athens I once knew and loved, but for the…

In memory of the man who never slept

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The enforced boredom of lockdown has been replaced by a feeling of loss. My nephew by marriage, Hansie Schoenburg, died…

My advice to Johnny Depp

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Are any of you tired of reading about Ghislaine Maxwell and her sleazy life? Bored by old news repeated…

The forgotten victims of communism

11 July 2020 9:00 am

I just read a piece by Scott McConnell in the American Conservative, a magazine we co-founded 18 years ago. He…

How not to run a literary festival

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad A friend of mine who lives here wants to start a literary festival and asked me if I had…

The mob mentality of the elite

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad I thought of Nietzsche while the mayhem and destruction of monuments was going on. Decadent bourgeois society was in…

The death of free speech

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Oh, to be in America, where cultural decay and self-destruction compete equally with hyper-feminist and anti-racist agendas. Gone with the…

An elegy for Vienna

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Vienna Somebody once described Vienna as a top opera performed by understudies. The remark was unquestionably witty, but utterly false…

I went to hell and back to meet my new granddaughter

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Wolfsegg, Austria I have finally understood what’s wrong with the modern world: motorways. These dehumanising slabs of asphalt covering our…

I’ve made up for missing all my children’s and grandchildren’s births

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Well, Theodora did not wait and I missed yet another grandchild’s birth (the prettiest little blue-eyed thing ever, even…

Switzerland is now an enemy of the rich

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad The staff are back and all is well, as they used to say long ago in faraway places. The…

Envy is the greatest blight of all

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Hippocrates is known as the father of Western medicine and he discovered and named a disease known as ‘micropoulaki’…

I salute Professor Neil Ferguson

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Let me begin with a salute to the winner of this year’s Sir Jimmy Goldsmith prize: Professor Neil Ferguson.…

The night I danced with Ginger Rogers

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   When indolence becomes intolerable, remembrances of things past become a lifesaver. Charles Moore’s SpectatorNotes also helps. His recent…

Writing my High Life column made a man of me

25 April 2020 9:00 am

As Cole Porter might have said, only second-rate people go on and on about their inner lives. Self-analysis, according to…

The joy of pumping iron at 83

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad So the days — and months — drift by. This once peaceful Alpine town is packed with rich refugees…

The way Greece has conducted itself in this pandemic is an example to us all

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Aristophanes was a comic genius long before the Marx Brothers, but he also gave good advice to the Athenians: stop…

Covid-19 shows us that virtue trumps freedom

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Look at it this way: we’re all doing Desert Island Discs nowadays, and unless you’ve got the bug, it’s a…

How tennis went socialist

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Desperately boring times but very healthy ones. No parties, no girls, not too much boozing, lots of smoking and reading…

The joys of social isolation

21 March 2020 9:00 am

No use datelining any more, I’m here for the duration. Even the ski lifts have been ordered to close: chiuso,…

America has turned into a bad joke

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   Rumours about the virus are flying around this village. First there was talk of a hotel being temporarily…

A meditation on death

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   I shoulda been a weatherman: no sooner had I announced snow to be a Gstaad rarity than it…

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What makes Bloomie run?

3 March 2020 4:35 am

This article is in The Spectator’s March 2020 US edition. Subscribe here. In that great movie Citizen Kane, Orson Welles makes it…