Philip Hensher

Food

Can the Mayr diet work at home?

It’s amazing, but when you chew something 60 times, a piece of broccoli starts to taste sumptuous, complex, irresistible

By Philip Hensher

Book Review

Jordan Peterson is the Savonarola of our times

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Harold Bloom finally betrays how little he really understood literature

Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind Over a Universe of Death by Harold Bloom reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Monumental Mahler

The Eighth: Mahler and the World in 1910 by Stephen Johnson reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Hitler’s admiration has severely damaged Wagner’s reputation

Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Know better

The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag by Peter Burke reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Going both ways

The Bilingual Brain: And What It Tells Us About the Language of Science by

By Philip Hensher

Books

Short stories to enjoy in lockdown

Philip Hensher chooses some of his favorite authors, including Chekhov, V.S. Pritchett, Alice Munro and Italo Calvino

By Philip Hensher

Books

‘A Russian vowel is an orange, an English vowel is a lemon’

Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews and Letters to the Editor by Vladimir Nabokov reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

The concluding volume of Charles Moore’s life of Margaret Thatcher is – as its predecessors are – a triumph

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume Three: Herself Alone by Charles Moore reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

Ian McEwan’s anti-Brexit satire is a damp squib

The Cockroach by Ian McEwan reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Books

No one held Susan Sontag in higher esteem than Susan Sontag

Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Book Review

America’s brutal borstals

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Book Review

How Calouste Gulbenkian became the richest man in the world

Mr Five Per Cent: The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man by Jonathan Conlin reviewed

By Philip Hensher

Book Review

Hermann the Good German: the mystic life of Hermann Hesse

Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow by Gunnar Decker reviewed

By Philip Hensher

more writers

Stay informed

Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.

Notice to Readers: The Spectator World and The American Spectator are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The American Spectator, please click on the following link: spectator.org   Web-only content Copyright © 2021 The Spectator // Magazine content Copyright © 2021 The Spectator