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

Cultural Caviar

Rest in Peace, Dear Elaine

Dec 08 2010

The death of anyone well known - especially in New York - invokes more clichés than you know what draws flies in summer. Every obituary