Cultural Caviar

Dorothy Parker

Trying to Lead a Whore to Culture

Apr 26 2012

My friend Mark Brennan and I were talking about class warfare. "€œIt's cyclical,"€ Mark said as he executed a perfect uchi mata during judo practice.

Cultural Caviar

Indian Wells, California

Thought Police on the Tennis Court

Mar 25 2012

Here we go again, sports fans! During a recent tennis match between two professionals in Indian Wells, California, a racial comment uttered by one of


An Envious Europe Looks West

Mar 08 2012

When the bloated and declawed Las Vegas casino-money recipient Newt Gingrich had some fun recently over Mitt Romney's ability to speak a few words of

Middle East

Syria’s False Revolution

Mar 05 2012

A couple of weeks ago I wrote in this here mag about Syria. I played it safe. My point was that Assad was not as


Attikon Cinema

Charge Them With Corruption!

Feb 27 2012

I was sad to read that the Attikon Cinema on Stadiou Street in central Athens was burned down by anarchist scum pretending to protest against

Middle East

Why Assad Has Survived

Feb 12 2012

As I watched last week’s Western posturing after the Russo-Chinese veto of the UN Security Council’s resolution against Syria, Captain Renault of Casablanca fame kept

Afternoon Delight

Ship of Cowards

Jan 28 2012

It wasn’t Italy’s finest hour. Not even Gabrielle D’Annunzio—poet, patriot, propagandist, and proto-fascist—could spin this into a maritime Titanic-like drama. Once the Costa Concordia hit


Jill Abramson

The World’s Most Dishonest Newspaper

Jan 06 2012

When I was last in the Big Bagel (as I call Noo Yawk), a policeman who’d been awarded countless commendations for bravery over 22 years


Receiving Oral at Delphi

Dec 26 2011

I flew to Delphi to consult with the oracle, and the old girl had a lot to say about 2012. Pythia, her real name, is


Cima da Conegliano

The Folly of Disbelief

Dec 23 2011

A reader has registered surprise that I am not an atheist. I am surprised that he’s surprised. Theism, with its vision of an orderly universe

Cultural Caviar

Once Upon a Time on the Riviera

Nov 14 2011

A recent libel case won by Lady Moore, wife of Sir Roger Moore of James Bond fame, called for my testimony in London, and for

Cultural Caviar

The Spectator’s Simple Genius

Oct 24 2011

The London Spectator is the oldest weekly magazine of the English-speaking world, a jewel of a magazine as distinguished and respected as it is elegantly

Beau Monde

Kathleen and Eldridge Cleaver

Remembrance of Black American Fugitives Past

Oct 17 2011

Hearing about the black American fugitive who was caught recently after 40 years on the lam brought back lots of memories. No, I’m not black


Roundup of Europe’s Meltdown

Sep 25 2011

OK. Things are heating up in the old continent after a boiling summer. October will be the cruelest month, as the poet didn’t exactly say,

Beau Monde

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Setting the Record Straight on Jackie O

Sep 16 2011

Jacqueline Kennedy’s oral history is now out, as told to the Kennedy courtier cum historian Arthur Schlesinger. In a foreword her daughter Caroline, another keeper


The Vicious Circle of Greek Politics

Aug 22 2011

Most people in America don’t realize that Greece is a very new country—its independent-nation status was made official in 1830. Greece is as old as


The Piazzetta on the Isle of Capri

That Magical September

Aug 15 2011

On September 1, 1957, a pretty French girl by the name of Patricia and an Italo-French couple, Feruccio and Ellen, joined me in the old

Cultural Caviar

Lucian Freud

Freud Slips Into the Void

Jul 26 2011

I’ve had a longstanding instinctive loathing of those who perpetrate gimmick art, a genre of which Lucian Freud was a master. His art was as

Cultural Caviar

Charlene and Albert of Monaco

Inappropriate Touching Among the Untouchables

Jul 14 2011

We all know that the rich and powerful are seldom held accountable. Take, for example, the recent case of Albert II, the Prince of Monaco,

Cultural Caviar

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor

Better a Hero Than a Celebrity

Jul 04 2011

I first met Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor in the summer of 1977 in Corfu. I was onboard Gianni Agnelli’s boat, and the charismatic Fiat chairman


Pre ‘67 Borders or Bust

May 20 2011

Israel "€“ Palestine "€“ President Obama finally articulated last night what we"€™ve been waiting for since his election in 2008: Israel has to retreat to

Cultural Caviar

P.J. O'Rourke

Liberal Indigestion

May 08 2011

Some thirty years or so ago, my friend P. J. O"€™Rourke came to dinner at my New York house with what was then his new

Afternoon Delight

Linda Christian

No Flowers for Charlie Sheen

Apr 26 2011

Gone are the days when I used to wear a tux to go see a Broadway show. These days I feel overdressed wearing a sport

Middle East

The Middle East for Dummies

Apr 11 2011

Let's play the "€œWhat If?"€ game for a minute. What if I had written this column in October 2002 and some eagle-eyed aide to George

Human Rights

Ban Ki-moon

Body-Waxing at the United Nations

Feb 25 2011

Remember the old cliché about someone who is perpetually vacillating between a necktie and an open shirt? Or the one about the man who is

Cultural Caviar

You Can”€™t Wax Lyrically About Brazilian Waxing

Feb 22 2011

When a supermarket's decision to put a modesty shield over a magazine cover featuring Elton John, his male lover, and their surrogate baby attracted a