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Alexander Larman

Alexander Larman is the books editor of The Spectator’s World edition and the author of titles including The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication and Byron’s Women.

Television

The indelible mark of Mad Men, fifteen years later

It was so much more than well-cut suits and deliciously drinkable martinis

By Alexander Larman

Television

The Rings of Power just might turn Tolkien in his grave

The new Amazon Prime series is an exercise in artistic necrophilia

By Alexander Larman

Books

T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land at 100

A century after its first publication, the poem still defies easy categorization

By Alexander Larman

Place

‘Oxford or Cambridge?’: the vacation edition

Visiting university towns for a uniquely civilized — and wholly British — experience

By Alexander Larman

Film

The ongoing farce of Ezra Miller

Why does the actor still have such a hold on film executives?

By Alexander Larman

Books

The attack on Salman Rushdie is an ominous warning

The danger seemed to have passed but extremists continue to plague the world

By Alexander Larman

Television

The Sandman is a confused disappointment

The problems begin in the first episode, a kind of demonic take on Downton Abbey

By Alexander Larman

Film

Why do films get canceled?

Batgirl is the latest movie to get the ax

By Alexander Larman

Books

Blake Bailey deserves to be heard one more time

The disgraced biographer may be ‘repellent’ but he still has a right to free speech

By Alexander Larman

Music

Arcade Fire: the last of the art-rockers?

The band’s return is not just welcome but overdue

By Alexander Larman

Film

Ron Howard: nobody’s favorite Hollywood director

He’s a careful pair of hands but little else

By Alexander Larman

Film

The latest Jane Austen adaptation is dreadful

‘It’s often said that if you’re a five in London, you’re a ten in Bath’

By Alexander Larman

Film

The latest Thor isn’t ‘super gay’

It’s same old Marvel, dressing up the usual in brand new drag

By Alexander Larman

Book Review

The circus that was 80s literary Britain

A new book remembers all the excitement and absurdity

By Alexander Larman

Television

Bracing for the tension of Better Call Saul

The show is about to end with all the fervor we might have wished for

By Alexander Larman

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