Taki

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

Taki: in defence of my friend Alec Baldwin

23 November 2013 9:00 am

You know you’re old when people start writing kindly about you. Especially when they are colleagues. First Jeremy Clarke, now…

Taki: Why JFK wouldn't have steered clear of Vietnam if he had lived

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Everyone’s doing it, so I might as well jump in too. After all, I knew so many of the people…

Taki: RIP John Jay, my brave friend who refused to take part in vulture capitalism

9 November 2013 9:00 am

I suppose the secret of death is to choose not to expire the same day as famous people. I read…

Taki: Ugly people build ugly things — look at New York and London

2 November 2013 9:00 am

New York Hot money from China, India, Russia and Singapore is pouring into London; hotter money from the same countries…

Taki: Why is Steve Cohen still getting away with seven billion big ones? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

If, according to a Viennese wit, psychoanalysis is the disease that calls itself the cure, then Steve Cohen’s deal with…

Taki: Watch James Toback’s film starring Alex Baldwin and me

19 October 2013 9:00 am

 New York He came from a wealthy background but was always in trouble. His parents were not particularly religious, but…

Taki: My main gripe with Gaddafi is the quality of his cocaine

12 October 2013 9:00 am

 New York Libyans are among the most civilised people on earth. When a Russian hooker (I assume) killed a Libyan…

Taki: Mayor Bloomberg has sold New York out to the highest bidder

5 October 2013 9:00 am

 New York The trouble with driving into the city is nostalgia. Manhattan Island looms into view and it still has…

Bicyclists in burkas

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Gstaad The Swiss canton of Ticino is holding a referendum on a burka ban, and it is about time, too.…

ANOTHER media failure. How does Tina Brown get away with it?

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Gstaad Why are hacks scared to state the obvious? In Britain the excuse is the strict libel laws. But in…

Taki: My perfect afternoon? Getting drunk with Spectator readers

14 September 2013 9:00 am

To London for a brief visit to meet Spectator readers, as nice a reason as I can think of for…

Taki: perhaps Obama should read All Quiet on the Western Front

7 September 2013 9:00 am

I used to see him in El Morocco, the most famous nightclub of its era during the late Fifties and…

Taki: Stephen Fry and the gay lobby should cool it over the Winter Olympics

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Gstaad I’ve met Stephen Fry twice in my life, both times long ago. The first time at a dinner given…

If all left-wing academics were as nice as John Sutherland, Taki would tolerate Hush Puppies

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Just before I left Gstaad for the Greek islands I went to dinner at Eugenie Radziwill’s, whose other guests included…

The only things modern Greece inherited from the Ancients are jealousy and envy

17 August 2013 9:00 am

On board the Weatherbird off the Peloponnese The old girl groans and creaks as we tack time and again, the…

Taki: I’m on Hemingway’s boat — but there’s no bringing back the old Riviera

10 August 2013 9:00 am

 Porto Heli I am standing on the deck of a 100ft schooner that was built in Normandy in 1931 by…

Taki: What Roger Federer and Anthony Weiner have in common

3 August 2013 9:00 am

  Gstaad One possesses youth, talent, fame, even beauty, the other none of the above except arrogance, physical repulsiveness and…

Taki: The morality of karate

27 July 2013 9:00 am

 Thun ‘Mokusoo!’ All 200 of us already on our knees and sitting on our heels in the Japanese ‘seiza’ position…

Taki: High life

20 July 2013 9:00 am

I am about to leave for karate camp in Thun, Switzerland, four days of double sessions lasting one hour and…

High life:My first Egyptian coup

13 July 2013 9:00 am

I remember it well. It was August 1952, and I was dining with my parents on the Palm Beach casino’s…

Taki: why would anyone want 72 virgins? They're useless in bed

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The long lazy summer is upon us, and as I walk the Swiss hills below the mountain ranges my thoughts…