Zoe Strimpel

Why climate activists love to hate Israel

21 November 2023 1:47 am

Climate activists have been busy since 7 October. The demands for ‘action now’ on global warming continue, but affairs in…

The death of TV

18 November 2023 9:00 am

In defence of the noughties

23 September 2023 5:00 pm

Russell Brand always seemed repellant to me, but that had little to do with the fact he became famous in…

The truth about Bedales

19 September 2023 5:27 pm

Every now and again, my alma mater is in the news, and why wouldn’t it be? Britain is obsessed with…

Fear and complacency in Taiwan

30 August 2023 1:15 pm

On a recent trip to Taiwan as a guest of its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I knew that war with…

Chess doesn’t need Rishi Sunak’s cheesy cheerleading

3 August 2023 4:49 pm

There’s something embarrassing about Rishi Sunak’s plan to revive chess in Britain. The PM is set to announce half-a-million pounds…

Boozy lunches

24 June 2023 9:00 am

How Ukrainians are making the lives of even anti-Putin Russian artists impossible

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Zoe Strimpel talks to the anti-Putin Russian artists who have been cancelled since the invasion of Ukraine

Martin Amis and the death of the lascivious young man

26 May 2023 5:30 pm

In the days since Martin Amis died at 73 of oesophageal cancer, the papers have been full of tributes. Mostly…

The great AI panic is spiralling out of control

9 May 2023 4:00 pm

I refuse to get Amazon Alexa, and never use Siri, because I find the concept of human-style interactions with robots…

Is it surprising that dog attacks are on the rise?

1 February 2023 10:53 pm

Love of dogs is hardly new in Britain. There is a growing strand of research exploring the shared history we…

The queen of chess makes her next move

31 January 2023 2:45 pm

When a young male friend offered to teach me chess last summer, I thought it sounded an exotic thing to…

Why I’m finished with football

13 December 2022 1:06 am

I have spent many, many years dutifully squeezing into pubs full of rapt, drinking men giving excessively loud voice to…

Jeremy Hunt is wrong about ‘British compassion’

18 November 2022 6:30 am

Delivering his Autumn Statement on Thursday, Jeremy Hunt specified two ‘great national’ qualities: genius and ‘British compassion’. The Chancellor’s announcements…

How politics killed theatre

15 October 2022 9:00 am

Zoe Strimpel on how identity politics is killing theatre

How Love Island killed sex

12 July 2022 6:44 pm

Love Island’s annual ‘heart race challenge’ – where contestants perform jokily seductive dances on the opposite sex – took place last week,…

The feminist case for Love Island

8 June 2022 1:03 am

Love Island, which started again last night, flirts with virtue just a little more obviously each year. The show is racially…

Andrew Sullivan searches for spirituality

22 March 2022 4:02 am

It was daunting preparing to meet Andrew Sullivan, considered one of the cleverest, most fearless journalists of his generation. There…

Mesmerising and monstrous: @zola reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

The distinction between on and offline life blurred long ago. The greatest spats, sexual self-fashionings and mad soliloquies now unfurl…

Why aren’t we teaching women self-defence?

22 March 2021 7:26 pm

Women all know that queasy shock of hyper-awareness when a man on the street or the Tube or bus begins…

Clubhouse left me with one question: why am I here?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

For my 13th birthday in 1995 I requested — and got — my own ‘line’. This meant that I could…

Black Lives Matter's anti-Semitism blind spot

1 July 2020 11:35 pm

Charles Dickens was not a nice man. He was horrid to his family, remarking on the birth of one of…

Dating apps are full of ‘woke’ profiles – no wonder we’re no longer having sex

9 February 2019 9:00 am

I interviewed a prominent 1970s women’s liberationist recently and ended up discussing the sexual culture of her political heyday. ‘Everyone…

Sylvia Plath with her two children and her mother Aurelia in Devon c. 1962

It’s impossible to live up to the expectations of motherhood

14 April 2018 9:00 am

In a 1974 interview celebrating the quarter century since the publication of her classic The Second Sex (1949), Simone de…