Taki

Taki Theodoracopulos has written The Spectator's High Life column since 1977.

Remembering one of the last great Americans

10 April 2021 9:00 am

It takes a very good writer to produce prose that provokes an emotional response in a reader, even when it…

My password amnesia got me into hot water

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Chelsea/Gstaad Oh, to be in England! But let’s start at the beginning. I challenge any reader to claim they are…

Mother Nature is giving us her middle finger

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad I have never experienced such a long, continuous blizzard, and I’ve been coming here for 63 years. The ski…

I was Oprah Winfrey’s hero

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Some of you may have noticed that I have not commented at all about the ongoing soap opera and…

Tales from my private jet

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad I was very sad to read of Rupert Hambro’s death. I didn’t know him well, but first met him…

Raymond Chandler and his contrarian cat Taki

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad That’s all we needed in a great year: copyright has expired on The Great Gatsby. Some Fitzgerald wannabe has…

Is it time to cancel Sophocles?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad The sun has returned, the snow is so-so, and exercise has replaced everything, including romance. What a way to…

The lost magic of Palm Beach

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Good old Helvetia. I’m quitting her for the rainy but pleasant land of England. The cows are beginning to…

An elegy on the end of elegance

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad During these dark, endless periods of lockdown, let’s take a trip down memory lane to a time when we…

The myth of American freedom

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Imagine a beautiful, sexy woman, an Ava Gardner or a Lily James, with a wart on the end of…

The fakery of Martha Gellhorn

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Martha Gellhorn was a long-legged blonde American writer and journalist who became Papa Hemingway’s third and penultimate wife. She…

My unlikely friendship with Sir David Barclay

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad This might surprise a few people, but I was very friendly with our late co-proprietor Sir David Barclay, a…

Trauma has become as American as apple pie

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Lord Belhaven and Stenton, a wonderful man and the quintessential English gentleman, died at 93 just before the end…

We may be locked down but Gstaad’s nightlife is going strong

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Chekhovian boredom ruled supreme, but the loss of my luggage brought instant relief. Anger beats boredom by a mile,…

Trump supporters never stood a chance

23 December 2020 3:01 am

New York There are times, living in this here dump, when I doubt if anyone’s heard of the word magnanimity.…

It’s been a tough year for socialites

19 December 2020 9:00 am

New York Here we go again, the annual holiest of holies is upon us, although to this oldie last Christmas…

My escape to a simpler way of life

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Harbour Island, Bahamas A singer named Shawn Mendes recently announced to millions of his fans: ‘The truth is, it’s so…

Why I stopped reading novels

5 December 2020 9:00 am

New York I received a letter from a long-time Spectatorreader, James Hackett, enquiring about books I am reading. It is…

My advice to Trump supporters? Smile and take it

28 November 2020 9:00 am

New York There are times, living in this here dump, when I doubt if anyone’s heard of the word magnanimity.…

In praise of femininity

21 November 2020 9:00 am

New York Who was it that first coined the expression ‘It ain’t over until the fat lady sings’? The great…

The cultural elite has a new enemy

14 November 2020 9:00 am

New York Election night parties are usually dreadful affairs, with the idiot box blaring and hysterical listeners screaming out the…

Why New Yorkers are fleeing the city in droves

7 November 2020 9:00 am

New York Back when people used to read newspapers, they called it a ‘human interest’ story. Now it appears as…

Will my election night party end in fisticuffs?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

New York Election fever is heating up and I hope the party I’m giving on the evening of 3 November…

I’m now considered a freak in New York

24 October 2020 9:00 am

New York It’s nice to finally be in the Bagel, a place where the cows have two legs and no…

New York is a paradise for criminals

17 October 2020 9:00 am

New York New York, New York, once a wonderful town/ The people are crap and the mayor’s a clown/ The…