In the Critics this week

Scorsese's latest, Hattersley v. Rawnsley, and radical feminism.

This week, we have Ryan Gilbey's verdict on the new Martin Scorsese film, Shutter Island. D J Taylor takes the former NME writer Nick Kent's memoir of the 1970s as his cue to survey the "golden age" of British rock journalism, while Roy Hattersley is unimpressed by Andrew Rawnsley's New Labour exposé The End of the Party.

"Of all the unpleasant things you might discover," while reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals, writes Alyssa McDonald, "the worst is your own indifference to animal suffering." The critic Terry Eagleton talks to the NS about the "supremacist" outlook of Martin Amis, and the new mood of student radicalism in Britain's universities. George Walden salute a journalist's account of the Caucasus, Jonathan Beckman grapples with a history of England's "snooty, distrustful, exclusionary" tradition of anti-Semitism, and the philosopher Julian Baggini explores 36 Arguments for the Existence of God.

Plus, we have the usual columns from our award-winning critics: Fisun Guner encounters an unsettling Finnish video artist, Jonathan Derbyshire visits the renovated People's History Museum in Manchester, Rachel Cooke writes on radical feminists, Antonia Quirke listens to Mariella Frostrup, and Will Self meditates on Nando's.

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SRSLY #99: GLOW / FANtasies / Search Party

On the pop culture podcast this week: the Netflix wrestling comedy GLOW, a new fanfiction-based web series called FANtasies and the millennial crime drama Search Party.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

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SRSLY is hosted by Caroline Crampton and Anna Leszkiewicz, the NS’s assistant editor and editorial assistant. We’re on Twitter as @c_crampton and @annaleszkie, where between us we post a heady mixture of Serious Journalism, excellent gifs and regularly ask questions J K Rowling needs to answer.

The Links


The show on Netflix.

Two interesting reviews: New York Times and Little White Lies.

Screen Rant on the real life wrestling connections.


The show on Fullscreen.

Amanda Hess’s NYT column about it.

Search Party

The show on All4.

For next time:

We are watching Happy Valley.

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