Taki

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

Why Bloomberg will be president

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Gstaad I was not aware that there is a group of Spectatorfans who meet in French-speaking Switzerland. They contacted me…

The appeal of ugly men

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad Lenin Moreno is in trouble, despite his very unchristian first name. For any of you unfamiliar with the name,…

The golden age of nightclubs

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

I find myself detached from mainstream culture. It started with the demise of nightclubs like Annabel’s and the arrival of…

My fellow dinner guests made me feel like a combination of Messalina and Lady Macbeth

1 February 2020 9:00 am

I was walking up St James’s and happy to be in London. For a change I was not rushing but…

Why do monsters make such good writers?

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Did any of you know that most of the 20th-century monsters — Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Ceausescu, Duvalier, and even the…

Two books that made me forget everything else

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad I’ve been hitting the books rather hard lately, the ritzy-glitzy crowd having gone the way of natural snow. There’s…

The Middle East for dummies

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   The French have a saying: ‘Il n’y a rien de plus bête que le sourire du gagnant.’ In…

Why 2019 has been a wonderful year

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I received my Christmas present earlier than usual. It was a message sent via The Spectator from a gentleman who…

My friend Margaret Thatcher

14 December 2019 9:00 am

By the time you read this it will all be over, but will it? I’ve had a bad feeling all…

The TV show that rots young minds

7 December 2019 9:00 am

How can I phrase it without sounding pompous? When very talented people dine together, it sometimes turns into a contest…

Prince Andrew and me

30 November 2019 9:00 am

No use piling on where Prince Andrew is concerned. It’s a sorry business, and he’s not among the brightest either.…

The cops are impotent in lawless New York

23 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   Things are heating up, in both London and Nueva York, as this place should correctly be called.…

I’d rather live under communism than the tyranny of social media

16 November 2019 9:00 am

At the time it felt like a century, but it was only 12 years. I began this column in 1977…

My present abode is one of the great deco houses left intact in the Bagel

9 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   What follows will bore the pants off you, but at least it beats another piece on Brexit.…

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Alcohol is the perfect cure for deafness

2 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   A busy ten days, or nights rather, with some heroic drinking thrown in for good measure. Hangovers…

Angourie Rice, who stars in Bruce Beresford’s 2018 film Ladies in Black [Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

The most uplifting film ever made

26 October 2019 9:00 am

New York   Should art mirror the world as it is, or does an artist fail the public if the…

Why Simone de Beauvoir is my kind of woman

19 October 2019 9:00 am

New York   A strange thing happened to me here in the Bagel last week. Having read the recent review…

Why Roy Cohn is not one of the world’s most evil men

12 October 2019 9:00 am

New York   The Roy Cohn documentary Bully. Coward. Victim: the Story of Roy Cohn was successfully screened at the…

What you can tell about a man from his choice of underwear

5 October 2019 9:00 am

New York It’s Indian summertime and the living is easy. There hasn’t been a cloud above the Bagel for two…

An elegy for New York

28 September 2019 9:00 am

New York The master of the love letter to New York, E.B. White, eloquently described the city as a place…

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Why I prefer cows to humans

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   The cows are coming down, the cows are coming down, and I’m off to the Bagel. My Swiss…

Remembering Tim Hoare – a man like no other

14 September 2019 9:00 am

He was a Falstaff in his drinking and in his celebration of life, but his greatness lay in his friendships.…

My soulmate Brian Sewell

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Romy Somerset is the sweetest, nicest young girl in London. She’s also my goddaughter and I remember, during her christening…

How to be a man

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   I was reading in these here pages Julie Burchill’s review of Candace Bushnell’s Is There Still Sex in…

My jailhouse diet

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   It’s written in the Declaration of Independence, so it must be true: the pursuit of happiness is an…