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.
A good book should be open to anyone, so why do some children’s publishers restrict readership according to gender?
The sad disappearance of the British “average neighbourhood”.
An ambitious and wide-ranging novel about allied soldiers in Sicily during the Second World War.
It's not all about whisky north of the border.
Writing was fundamental to the protest, yet the poems and songs have been largely lost from popular memory.
Watching BBC1's Outnumbered is less painful now but it's still bitter-sweet.
Two new books on cooking and interiors explore 20th century society's biggest paradigm shift.
Foster, Rogers and co began their careers with radical and idealistic values. So why did they end up building flats for oligarchs?
Like the US TV series Girls – but for people who went to Cambridge.
The Scottish capital has a long tradition of crime fiction. Now one of the genre’s modern proponents comes home.
Included the writer’s many nods to literature and film, absent from the film version.
The legal drama in which m’learned ladies aren’t just tolerated but adored.
Scotland’s favourite painter on the art of heartbreak.
The conundrum of Britishness and the condition of Scotland.
A highlight is Florence Nightingale’s rose diagram, showing how dirty hospitals were killing more soldiers than war.
The Scots-born US TV host, stand-up and writer on life with two passports.
The Newsnight presenter hotfoots it to Euston from the BBC and unwinds with a glass of Scotch and some political gossip.
If approved by the BBC Trust, the decision would see BBC3 lose its on-air slot and become online-only. Does it deserve the axe?
In her speech at Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood event, the Oscar winner spoke of how she used to be “teased and taunted about her night-shaded skin”, and how she arrived at the realisation that beauty doesn’t come in shades.
A Twitter campaign forced Jonathan Ross to pull out of hosting an awards ceremony for science fiction books. Was it purely a reaction to his controversial jokes - or were some people more concerned with keeping SFF "pure"?
The 12 stories in A L Kennedy’s latest collection revolve around ordinary people trying to cope with the emotional debris from break-ups, accidents, violence and betrayal.
A year after the Britten centenary, David Alden’s Peter Grimes presents us with a society and a community irretrievably damaged, while the English Touring Opera’s King Priam is a domestic drama, hamstrung by matters of scale.
12 Years a Slave takes best picture, and Gravity cleans up in the technical categories.
Searching in vain for chicken soup in Gothenburg.