Zoe Strimpel

Why shouldn’t teenagers be allowed to use WhatsApp?

15 April 2024 10:21 pm

For my thirteenth birthday, which coincided roughly with my Bat Mitzvah (the Jewish ceremony for entering adulthood), I had begged…

Britain should follow Germany’s lead in weeding out anti-Semites

2 April 2024 7:02 pm

On the surface of it, Germany’s new pathway to citizenship sounds like a rare dose of sense from the one…

A (partial) defence of the ‘Jewface’ Oscars

28 January 2024 4:00 pm

How could I be Jewish, my friend wondered out loud, when I didn’t have the… She paused as she mimed…

How Israel is failed by its war of words

20 January 2024 5:00 pm

Sitting in a room at the Israel Defence Forces’ Hakirya base in Tel Aviv, I listened – along with a…

How Hamas radicalised Israel’s liberals

14 January 2024 5:30 pm

I have visited Israel three times in the past year. The first trip was in the spring, just as the…

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…