In this week's magazine American Rage

27 October 2016
  • Observations

  • Columns

    • Wilton's music hall in London's East End.

      Once we've forgotten Levenson, newspapers will go back to invading privacy and telling outright lies

      The week in the media, including the very British farce of Section 40, the mystery of the refugee “children” and a night out in the old East End.

    • Children put their hands up in school.

      Would you let your child change their gender?

      Get ready for the new culture war: the question of how old children should be before they're allowed to change gender.

    • Shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis speaking at the Labour conference in Liverpool in September 2016.

      After a year of division, a new centre is emerging in Labour

      Clive Lewis, Lisa Nandy and Jonathan Reynolds show how factionalism is being transcended. 

  • Features

    • Beware the kaiser chiefs

      Angry, unpredictable, self-absorbed and a danger to the world – the many similarities between Donald Trump and Germany’s last emperor.

    • This land is our land: armed protesters demonstrate against “Muslims” outside a mosque in Richardson, Texas

      Make America hate again

      Donald Trump, Big Lie oratory and the rise of the angry white man.

  • Critics

    • Cultural straitjacket: Grayson Perry, photographed at the New Statesman office for his “Great White Male” special issue in 2014

      Sometimes it's hard to be a man – especially if you overthink it

      A new outpouring of books show masculinity isn’t in crisis, human beings are.

    • Wild things: wolves were all but wiped out in parts of Europe by the end of the 19th century

      Warning from a global era: the lessons we must learn from the 19th century

      Richard J Evans’s sweeping history of 19th-century Europe, The Pursuit of Power, has much to offer in our current moment.

    • Landscape from a Dream (1936-38)

      Paul Nash: the modernity of ancient landscapes

      Famous for his eerie First World War paintings, a new exhibition reminds us why Paul Nash was the greatest British artist of the first half of the 20th century.

    • The doctor’s journey: Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange meets Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One

      Marvel's Doctor Strange is like ketchup – it's formulated to please, but you won't love it

      Benedict Cumberbatch’s wellhoned turn in Doctor Strange is enjoyable, but the film isn't one you'd ever fall in love with.

    • Children have tea together.

      The pleasure of being young, captured for radio

      Peter Bradshaw's “Reunion”, read by Tom Hollander, was the perfect afternoon short story.

    • Jude Law as the young Pope.

      I don't even believe in God – so why do I care what happens in The Young Pope?

      The Young Pope stars Jude Law as a pious yet sensuous pontiff. Even so, I didn't expect it to matter me whether or not the character believes.

    • An autumn leaf on the ground.

      Brexit the novel

      Leo Robson on Autumn, a new novel by Ali Smith.

    • Sheltered from the storm: Lindgren with her children in Stockholm in 1940

      The war before Pippi

      Jane Shilling on the strange wartime diaries of Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking.

    • Witches' Sabbath 1821-3, 140cm x 438cm, Museo del Prado

      Poem: "Triple Witching"

      That’s not smog sitting on the lake. . .

    • Model business: hair dressers’ training heads in Xuchang, China, known locally as “Hair City”

      The wig theory of history

      Lucy Hughes-Hallett discovers the extraordinary reach of the global trade in human hair.

  • Backpages

    • Beware the loud orange: topical treats for Hallowe’en 2016, dreamt up by John Kettman of La Salle, Illinois

      Trump pumpkin wilting? Here's a gourd you'll actually want to eat

      It’s that time of year again, when the Western world goes crazy for a fruit we don’t actually like. So what should we be trying?

    • Boris Johnson looks out from the Shard.

      There’s no other explanation for Boris Johnson – he must be a Russian spy

      When you look back over Johnson’s journalistic career, it soon becomes apparent that he was in the right place at the right time too often for it all to have been a coincidence.

    • What’s very old, with four small pages, and has me in a state of lust?

      Can you guess the year of the oldest programme, the teams and who the future PM was?

    • A man changes an old-style thermostat.

      Down and Out

      Introducing the Honeywell DT90E: the only thermostat on the market that works by telepathy.

    • Billy Bragg: I once lectured him about his noisy partying, but his music is undeniably political.

      Off the Record

      Where Red Wedge sailed on optimism, pop and politics today make odd partners.