An attentive reader of Marx, Herbert Marcuse and Guy Debord, Manchette used his novels to offer diagnoses of societal ills.
Winners: and How They Succeed claims to praise boldness - but often just praises bullshit.
A new biography shows Aneurin Bevan’s Marxist doggedness was prescient.
My eyes and my nose streamed, it felt like someone had stuck a red hot poker through both of my ears and my heart was dancing a fast polka in my chest, but I also felt weirdly euphoric.
Ruth Scurr's biography of the draughtsman, archeologist and diarist is a moving, delicate record of a man - and an era.
Absolute Recoil and Trouble in Paradise, the latest additions to the Žižekian corpus, are recycled radicalism - and fail to see beyond capitalism's hold.
Binoche’s Antigone is easier to respect than to pity and, for some reason, one never really feels the pathos of her struggles.
When is an orchestra not an orchestra? The way this policy defines it, northern brass bands and Scottish bagpipe groups will be excluded from the tax relief.
"Painter/musician badly needs rent cheap."
For such a small country, there is far too great a divergence within it to attempt to define a quintessential Ireland.
For every successful American remake of a classic British comedy there is a handful of dreadful clangers that never make it beyond a pilot.
Are games better without characters?
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
Goya is better known for his portraiture and group paintings. But a restoration of the artist's private notebooks show a different side, where ghosts and witches abound in profoundly unnerving sketches.
The new Poldark looks like a tourist board campaign for Cornwall, only with stagecoaches where there should be surfboards.
A new BBC Radio 4 three-part series covers all aspects of the industry.
“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” Following Terry Pratchett's death, here are some of his best quotations as chosen by the New Statesman team.
Much-loved author passes away.
A jury's view that Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s Blurred Lines copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song, Got To Give It Up is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what songwriting is.
The title of veteran rock writer Johnny Rogan's biography Ray Davies: a Complicated Life may be something of an understatement.
A hero of the 1968 generation, Raymond Williams was inextricably linked to where he came from and common experience. In an era of diluted politics, it's time to return to his work.
From Bansky to Martin Bell, Kembrew McLeod's Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World shows how pranks shake things up.
The writer of such “northern” hits as Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley explains why she finds such categorisation redundant.
Katrine Marçal's Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? reminds us how Homo economicus has always been supported by free, underacknowldged, female labour.
Why has it taken us so long to realise that the strongest, most exciting voices, shaping our opinions of cinema are women?
The Comedy Store in London held a rare showcase of Muslim comedians this week, who gave sharp insights into navigating Islam in the UK.
On the 'cool gamer girlfriend'.
Do you speak urbanism? The way we read and write in the language of cities has transformed.
Like Ben Lerner and Sheila Heti, Miranda July has written a novel exploring new forms of love and community.
India's Daughter has exposed that country's rape culture. But don't imagine that these attitudes aren't found around the world.