Farrukh Dhondy critically surveys television’s coverage of black and Asian lives and issues – and argues that multiculture is simply an acceptable, liberal term for an inclusive, wide, but judgemental monoculture.
Whereas “basically” and “well” are relatively harmless tics that crowd our sentences, “actually” has an attitude.
Anne Rice thinks there are communities of “parasites” intent on dragging down writers by slating their books online. Is she right – and why are we such slaves to the star rating, anyway?
Scarlett Johansson stars as the otherworldly, predatory protagonist in this unsettling sci-fi thriller.
Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.
The musician’s heart-wrenching memoir of his parents’ long, unhappy marriage.
Peter Gill’s epic, often brilliant but finally unsatisfactory three-hour play about the 1919 peace conference.
Race relations in modern-day France.
The inhibitions of adulthood mask creativity. No wonder grown-ups love movies about kids.
Kate Mossman meets the riot mom and wife of Josh Homme, whose sound is a unique brand of domestic hardcore.
We are born to be makers of crude tools.
And our speech is full of cruel
signifiers: you, me, them, us. I
am sure we will not survive.
John Gray reviews “The Age of Nothing” by Peter Watson and “Culture and the Death of God” by Terry Eagleton.
Three concurrent London exhibitions showcase work past and present by the East German born neo-expressionist.
A provocative new exploration of ethnicity vs success in modern America by the authors of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
The beautiful enigma of empathy and our capacity for creativity are what define us.
The US-born artist had talent to burn and a weakness for showmanship.
The appliance hasn’t worked since the days of Callaghan but provides an excellent receptacle for reading matter.
The dark underworld of West Yorkshire rhubarb forcing.
Cinemas warn you to put your mobile phones on silent but say nothing about the clash of jaws or the gargling of gullets.
Melvyn Bragg talks to Michael Prodger about family trauma, educating Britain and why Labour is still “deeply wounded”.
In a South Yorkshire mining village in the 1960s, a gay couple were not just accepted but celebrated by their community.
Despite the laborious chronology, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughy, as the two detectives, will keep you watching.
Hosts Shaun Keaveny and Craig Charles were left a bit lost for words.
Jonathan Glazer's new film Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, took fourteen years to make it to the big screen. Novelist and screenwriter Alexander Stuart recalls the project's early days.
Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the NS.
How fast can you read? Not as fast as you could, according to Spritz.
Anderson’s style became paralysed around the time of The Royal Tenenbaums and this is no exception.
At London Zoo, Jumbo was assumed into the British imagination as a gentle giant.
Walking in a waking dream
I watched nineteen deer
pour from ridge to glen-floor,
then each in turn leap,
leap the new-raised
peat-dark burn. This
was the distaff side;
hinds at their ease, alive
Two new collections by Scottish poets characterised by sharp attention to detail.