Our October issue is out now!
Our writers hold no party line; their only allegiance is to clarity of thought, elegance of expression and independence of opinion.
Micah Mattix is a senior editor of The Spectator’s World edition and the author of the Prufrock newsletter. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, the Atlantic and many other publications.
Plus: The complete Auden, imaginary numbers and more
By Micah Mattix
Plus: America and Israel, a history of Labour and more
The temperature might have soared but there’s plenty of good lit to look forward to
Plus: The history of Library of America, reading Larkin and more
Plus: Medieval street musicians, a married Eliot, and more
Plus: a speculative history of France, Auden’s essays and more
Plus: The life and work of René Magritte, the never-ending OED and more
Plus: England’s eccentric gardens, Blade Runner at forty and more
Maxim Gorky looked to literature and culture as much as to revolution
Plus: Céline’s war novel, Oxford’s disappearing second-hand bookstores and more
They punch above their weight, especially with religious books
Plus: The English jazz scene and more
Plus: A not-so-radical history of the American Revolution
Plus: P.D. James’s moral detective fiction, the rise of palm oil and more
Plus: In praise of bookstores, a radical left-wing critique of feminism and more
The energetic and tragic Keats
The welcome return of The Kids in the Hall
Pop music isn’t getting better — and that’s okay
Is the white male novelist disappearing?
Why I didn’t start a Substack
Lionel Trilling against cancel culture
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.