Cosmo Landesman

In defence of staring

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The criminalisation of people-watching

Why men of a certain age love to get naked

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Why men of a certain age love to get naked

It’s no longer just clean eaters who are the health bores

4 December 2021 9:00 am

It’s no longer just clean eaters who are the health bores

Would you go to a naked dining club?

23 October 2021 9:00 am

My evening at a naked dining club

Help! I don’t know what a cervix is

6 October 2021 9:50 pm

With all this talk of private parts, the political has now gotten very personal. Recently, I was having an argument…

My failed attempts to be a good Samaritan

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Being a good Samaritan is harder than it seems

We’ve become a nation of armchair psychiatrists

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Let’s leave mental health diagnoses to the professionals

The agony of watching friends succeed

27 March 2021 9:00 am

The agony of literary envy

The joy of drinking alone

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Thanks to a combination of night-time curfews, social-distancing rules, pubs closing, restaurants failing, the ‘rule of six’ and compulsory mask-wearing,…

I spent Christmas Day helping the homeless – and I was bored out of my mind

18 January 2020 9:00 am

When I told friends that I would be spending Christmas Day helping the homeless at a Crisis at Christmas centre…

OK zoomer, is that really the best you’ve got?

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Every generation and teen subculture likes to put the boot into baby boomers like me. I’ve been physically attacked by…

In praise of cultural elitism

28 September 2019 9:00 am

At present we have a series of ‘culture wars’ over a wide range of issues — race, gender, sexuality, power…

The dad revolution hasn’t helped our children – or us

15 June 2019 9:00 am

When I was growing up in the late 1960s, boys like me craved the admiration and approval of our dads;…

Hands free: I’ve joined a new kind of abstinence movement

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Eight years ago, I had an erotic epiphany. It was around midnight: I had sex on the brain and porn…

Charity muggers are no longer on the streets — they’re your friends

6 April 2019 9:00 am

There was a time when you couldn’t walk down your local high street and not be set upon by a…

How Eddie Davenport rebranded middle-class swingers parties as ‘posh’ orgies

12 January 2019 9:00 am

The English love a story of posh people behaving badly, especially one that involves sex, drugs or drink — preferably…

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,…

Stop calling me ‘a privileged white man’ – I’m more than that

25 August 2018 9:00 am

I got some bad news this week. I discovered that I’m a ‘privileged, white male’. It was my agent who…

‘I don’t need you any more, dear, you clash with the furniture!’

What do women really want? A man with a beautiful house

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Freud famously asked: what do women want? And I think that after two marriages, a dozen long-term relationships and a…

Children are everywhere – and they’re spoiling everything

28 July 2018 9:00 am

There was a time when middle-class liberals used to complain that the English were a nation of child haters. They…

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…

Let’s get real. Kindness is not going to save you – or the world

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I originally thought of calling this piece: ‘Kindness is the New Rock ’n’ Roll’ — but only as a joke.…

The Spice Girls sang about empowerment – better than the #MeToo whinging

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The recent news of a Spice Girls reunion will, I suspect, be greeted by some former fans with nostalgic longing…

Can I be taught how to become a #MeToo Man?

3 February 2018 9:00 am

These are tough times for what I call the #MeToo Men — those white, liberal, high-minded men who pride themselves…

Riot chic

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Last weekend, I got into a conversation with the son of an old friend. He’s a nice middle-class boy, mid-twenties,…