#metoo

Doon Mackichan as Sondra and John Malkovich as Barney Fein in David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat

A captivating freak-show: Bitter Wheat reviewed

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Bitter Wheat, David Mamet’s latest play, features a loathsome Hollywood hotshot, Barney Fein, who offers to turn an actress into…

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The case for locking Joe Biden in a cupboard

21 June 2019 3:55 am

Most candidates for the Democratic nomination are struggling to be noticed in a crowded field. Elizabeth Warren details policy proposals.…

Is anything creepier than a ‘male feminist’?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Over a drink recently I sat next to a man who announced, barely before he’d taken his first sip, that…

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Joe Biden and the deranged policing of personal space

4 April 2019 10:43 am

Conservative pundits and Republican politicians are joining the Democratic outcry against former vice president Joe Biden, accusing him of inappropriately…

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Would the Democrats rather win in 2020, or eat themselves alive?

3 April 2019 8:29 am

Do Democrats want to win the 2020 election? Do they understand why they lost in 2016? I’m increasingly unsure. It…

The fall of Daniel Barenboim

23 March 2019 9:00 am

A few years ago, I hooked up with a BBC team in Berlin to record a programme with Daniel Barenboim.…

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I’m all for abolishing flying: first-class on a liner is far more fun

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   It’s party time here. From the richest billionaires down to those impoverished souls with only a few million…

Why do authors have to be ‘moral’? Because their publishing contracts tell them so

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Suppose you’re a writer with a self-destructive proclivity for sticking your neck out. Would you sign a book contract that…

What Mills & Boon can teach us in the age of #MeToo

3 November 2018 9:00 am

In celebration of its 110th birthday, I downloaded a Mills & Boon — The Greek Tycoon’s Blackmailed Mistress — and…

Never handsome, just sensuous and dangerous: Kevin Spacey

Bring back Kevin Spacey

3 November 2018 9:00 am

The sixth and final season of House of Cards has begun without Kevin Spacey, who played the murderous Democratic American…

What do #MeToo women feel about downtrodden husbands?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Eight years ago, in the course of doing some research into literacy teaching in London, I visited many primary schools.…

The horror of choosing a Halloween costume

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Halloween used to be easy. It was a fancy-dress party: you could wear whatever you liked. The idea was to…

Are you a politically correct pervert?

20 October 2018 9:00 am

It hasn’t always been easy being a progressive-minded man who prides himself on his sensitivity to issues of race, gender,…

‘I go against my instincts to be just an actor’

‘I should just shut up’: Dominic West on #MeToo and the perils of talking politics

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Lounging confidently on the sofa of a Soho hotel suite, Dominic West has been beaming at me, but now his…

In defence of women (and why I ain’t no little bird)

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Following Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony about being sexually assaulted by the US Supreme Court nominee when he was 17,…

Why are men being such wusses over #MeToo?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘There are two sides to every story’ is an aphorism you don’t hear often lately. Ask anyone amidst a family…

The #MeToo movement could be the saviour of sex

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Sexual intercourse, Philip Larkin famously wrote, began in 1963. And listening to contemporary commentators, you’d think that it came to…

The reluctant frontman: Ray Davies

‘I think The Kinks could have found a better frontman’: Ray Davies interviewed

23 June 2018 9:00 am

‘I like your shirt today,’ Sir Ray Davies says to the waiter who brings his glass of water to the…

The Bible’s #MeToo problem

23 June 2018 9:00 am

New York I write this on my last day in the Bagel, and it sure is a scorcher, heat and…

A dated and remote two-hour polemic basking in #MeToo topicality: The Writer reviewed

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Ella Hickson’s last play at the Almeida was a sketch show about oil. Her new effort uses the same episodic…

The rise – and rise – of Trump Derangement Syndrome

5 May 2018 9:00 am

New York ‘What do we do with these men?’ thundered a New York Times headline. It was followed by a…

Circe has been recast as the girl next door – it’s a sign of the times

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When poor old battered Odysseus landed on Circe’s island having lost all his ships (except his flagship) when he tangled…

I miss Auberon Waugh. He’d know what to say about relentless women’s issues

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Every now and then one suddenly misses somebody. I miss Bron, who died 17 years ago last month. There’s an…

Why not ban artists who forget to feed their cats or recycle?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Sometimes a picture — the big picture — is worth more than a thousand words. Consider this Art vs Artist,…

Jonas Kaufmann’s presence or absence can make or break a season

‘I was really, really scared’: Jonas Kaufmann opens up about his #MeToo moment

17 February 2018 9:00 am

‘Hi, it’s Jonas.’ When the great tenor rings from Vienna, I ask if there are any topics he wants me…