Mary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

Books

Apple’s cowardly surrender to the mob

It beats me why 21st-century women so hellbent on progress conform so readily to patriarchal stereotypes

By Mary Wakefield

Home

The Proustian power of handwriting

A photo contains a moment, often a fraudulent one. Handwriting, even just the sight of it, summons a person

By Mary Wakefield

Science & Tech

Michael Lewis on the CDC’s great COVID failing

‘This has been a horrible pandemic, but it is not the big one’

By Mary Wakefield

Education

In defense of Flannery O’Connor

Her stories are just as confessional as they are judgmental — and doesn’t absolution follow from confession?

By Mary Wakefield

Science & Tech

The importance of daydreams

Over hundreds of thousands of years, we evolved to dream and to daydream, to let our thoughts spiral

By Mary Wakefield

Politics

How cults crumble

We all believe in some eccentric things: transubstantiation for me, homeopathy for others

By Mary Wakefield

Art

The dark side of ‘cute’ culture

Every character in popular TV shows for young kids has a big domed head, button nose and huge wide-apart eyes

By Mary Wakefield

Home

Are you a lockdown eel or a pygmy goat?

Without visitors, the meerkats are listless and the dingoes so bored they have to be taken for walks

By Mary Wakefield

Home

Getting coronavirus does not bring clarity

There’s been much talk of the spirit of the Blitz, but there’s something of the spirit of East Berlin, too

By Mary Wakefield

Why did no one believe Johnny Depp?

I’m having to rethink my prejudices, which is uncomfortable

By Mary Wakefield

Art

Bad feeling: why we need to defend freedom of reaction

People react differently to different things, and hooray for that

By Mary Wakefield

Faith

My friend’s death taught me what Easter really means

Albert was always well turned-out, but he let slip one day that it took him four hours to get dressed

By Mary Wakefield

‘If I get an adrenaline rush, something’s gone wrong’: An interview with Free Solo’s Alex Honnold

The elite climber on fear, failure and conquering El Capitan

By Mary Wakefield

Television

Benedict Cumberbatch on playing my husband, Dominic Cummings

Channel 4 has released the trailer for its new Brexit drama – and Mary Wakefield is struck by how good the performances are

By Mary Wakefield

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