The era of global liberalism ended in crisis and retreat and world power is now shifting east. How does our foreign policy adapt?
Two programmes in one day discussed the era of the Crusades.
Two of the League of Gentleman offer up a sublime new series, while Jonathan Meades’s films about concrete architecture are his richest yet.
Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the New Statesman.
Orwell’s dystopian vision is convincingly staged but Abi Morgan’s latest is like a visit to Room 101.
The short film, unlike the short story, is a stray with no home - which is why a cinema release of the eight short films that competed at the Baftas is a joyous subversion of the norm.
If I had my way, David O Russell's complex, sublime American Hustle would sweep the board - but the fact is no single film is likely to take the whole haul, and the smart money's on the earnest and populist.
Meeting the man behind Spitting Image's rubbery Maggie.
More often than not, when you pick up a new book in a bookshop, it will be by yet another white man, meaning that white and male will be what the next set of Big Names will look like. How can we break out of this self-reinforcing cycle?
The anti-heroic reading of the First World War did not begin with Blackadder - Wilfred Owen has far more to answer for than Richard Curtis, says the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
The Russian-American novelist's memoir shuttles back and forth between the deep past of his Soviet childhood to the glimmering possibilities of George Bush Sr's America.
A new exhibition at the British Museum shows how closely the world of the Vikings mirrors our own.
"Our debate about distraction has hinged on the assumption that the feelings of anxiety and personal insecurity that we experience when interacting with social media are the natural price we pay for living in what some technology pundits call 'the attention economy'."
Videogames are designed and programmed for action, which means storytelling has the capacity to be complex and engaging in ways not possible in other media.
Tom Humberstone’s weekly observational comic for the NS.
Musicians and pundits need to get over their obsessive, nostalgic hero-worship. In 2014, David Bowie is irrelevant.
A facsimile of his only book of poems, A Finger in the Fishes Mouth, and a new book of sketches, thoughts and quotations, brings Jarman's art into fuller and more luminous perspective.
With new cinemas in China popping up at the rate of ten a day, Feng Xiaogang is the Chinese answer to Steven Spielberg: a reliable box office hitter.
Unlike Warhol or Lichtenstein – overexposed and often in London – or the more instantly accessible Caulfield or Blake, Hamilton flies slightly under the radar: a hugely influential ideas man but not quite a household name.
All poetry is driven by sex, whether or not it acknowledges the impulse.
From Battlestar Galactica to Spike Jonze’s new film Her, modern science fiction is growing up and humanising.
The sexual exploits of Joe, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Stacy Martin, are depicted without modesty - but the film stops short of being pornographic, tempered as it is by comedy, provocation and grim detail.
In <em>Andrew’s Brain</em> by E L Doctorow, the historical and the grand meld with the ordinary and affecting in a story that also features “an international dealer in Munchkins”.
Increasingly, listeners tend to text instead, something that has changed the dynamic of the phone-in to no end.
So much seemed right about this show, but it failed to deliver a grin.
Neither of these two new books about the feminist art collective leave one optimistic about the immediate future of Russian politics, but they show the deep effect the saga has had.
The most commonly-used swear words reveal more about our medieval past than just attitudes towards sex and body parts.
Digital technology has finally made it possible for Tristano to be printed as the author intended. But should it be judged on its central device alone?
The singer and guitarist Martin Simpson on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Pete Seeger's politics and why Mumford & Sons "bemuse" him.