Taki

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

Trauma has become as American as apple pie

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Lord Belhaven and Stenton, a wonderful man and the quintessential English gentleman, died at 93 just before the end…

We may be locked down but Gstaad’s nightlife is going strong

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Chekhovian boredom ruled supreme, but the loss of my luggage brought instant relief. Anger beats boredom by a mile,…

Trump supporters never stood a chance

23 December 2020 3:01 am

New York There are times, living in this here dump, when I doubt if anyone’s heard of the word magnanimity.…

It’s been a tough year for socialites

19 December 2020 9:00 am

New York Here we go again, the annual holiest of holies is upon us, although to this oldie last Christmas…

My escape to a simpler way of life

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Harbour Island, Bahamas A singer named Shawn Mendes recently announced to millions of his fans: ‘The truth is, it’s so…

Why I stopped reading novels

5 December 2020 9:00 am

New York I received a letter from a long-time Spectatorreader, James Hackett, enquiring about books I am reading. It is…

My advice to Trump supporters? Smile and take it

28 November 2020 9:00 am

New York There are times, living in this here dump, when I doubt if anyone’s heard of the word magnanimity.…

In praise of femininity

21 November 2020 9:00 am

New York Who was it that first coined the expression ‘It ain’t over until the fat lady sings’? The great…

The cultural elite has a new enemy

14 November 2020 9:00 am

New York Election night parties are usually dreadful affairs, with the idiot box blaring and hysterical listeners screaming out the…

Why New Yorkers are fleeing the city in droves

7 November 2020 9:00 am

New York Back when people used to read newspapers, they called it a ‘human interest’ story. Now it appears as…

Will my election night party end in fisticuffs?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

New York Election fever is heating up and I hope the party I’m giving on the evening of 3 November…

I’m now considered a freak in New York

24 October 2020 9:00 am

New York It’s nice to finally be in the Bagel, a place where the cows have two legs and no…

New York is a paradise for criminals

17 October 2020 9:00 am

New York New York, New York, once a wonderful town/ The people are crap and the mayor’s a clown/ The…

My nights of passion with Juliette Gréco

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Juliette Gréco’s recent death in her nineties brought back some melodramatic memories. In 1957 Gréco was one of France’s…

Why I’m moving to England

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad It is not exactly a stop all the clocks occasion, let alone cut off the telephone, but I’ve finally…

What I would do if I were in charge of the BBC

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad I’ve been wrestling all week with indecision, the kind that tests one’s soul, and the uncertainty is killing me.…

What Barbara Black’s choice of friends says about her

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   I’m not usually nonplussed, but this is very strange: the memoir of Barbara Black, the wife of my…

Trump should take lessons in lying from Joe Biden

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad It snowed on the last two days of August up here, and why not? We’ve traded freedom of speech…

Bob Geldof is an unconventional Zoom host

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad I experienced my first Zoom conference last week, and didn’t think much of it. As the great Yogi Berra…

The art of being a mistress

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad The jokes about keeping a mistress are old and I’ve yet to hear a truly funny one (‘The difference…

How to have a happy old age

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   Birthdays at my age are for the birds, but always a good excuse for a party. Messages of…

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…