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Boards of Canada.
The apocalypse never sounded so good: a journey with Boards of Canada
By Joseph Stannard - 18 June 16:52

On listening to the Scottish duo's new album "Tomorrow's Harvest".

New Statesman
Reviews round-up
By Critic - 17 June 15:18

The critics' verdicts on Rachel Kushner, Iain Banks and Sylvain Tesson.

Asunder by Chloe Aridjis: More interested in being than becoming
By Juliet Jacques - 17 June 14:45

Asunder communicates its ideas, and their supporting cultural references, subtly and efficiently.

A young boy reading a book.
There is a problem with boys and books - and all-female prize panels aren't helping
By Jonathan Emmett - 17 June 9:43

All thirteen judges on this year's Greenaway and Carnegie Medal panel are women. Last year there was only one man. Although there are plenty of men writing and illustrating picture books, the gatekeepers in the world of picture books are overwhelmingly fe

The White Queen: romance, sex, magic, scowling, social snobbery and battles
By Amy Licence - 17 June 9:22

The BBC's new Sunday night drama set in the Wars of the Roses might not quite tick all historical boxes, but it's likely to become required Sunday night viewing.

Did we really need to see Peter Pan calling Tinkerbell a "slut"?
By Alex Hern - 16 June 19:53

Reviewed: Peter Pan by Régis Loisel.

New Statesman
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 14 June 11:30

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Post-Colonial Hangover
By Tom Humberstone - 14 June 8:56

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the New Statesman.

New Statesman
I owe everything I know about Shakespeare to Baz Lurhmann
By Agatha Elliott - 13 June 14:34

I’m only seventeen. The continued popularity of Shakespearean adaptations is a great thing for young people.

An unheard-of surprise
By Hayley Campbell - 12 June 15:57

Hayley Campbell reviews Gerald Shea's <em>Song Without Words</em>.

The Xbox One: the ultimate platform for ignoring gamers
By Laura Parker - 11 June 15:01

New Halo, new MGS, new Dark Souls… so why did the Xbox One launch feel so empty?

Principal dancers Evgeny Ivanchenko and Ekaterina Kondaurova try out the 3D spec
Swan Lake live in 3D: a cheap seat at the Mariinsky Theatre
By Caroline Crampton - 11 June 11:19

Watching Swan Lake through 3D glasses might feel strange at first, but the Mariinsky Theatre's live 3D broadcast from St Petersburg provides an affordable way to go to the ballet in Russia.

New Statesman
Passive Pawn or Lady Macbeth: Who was Richard III's queen?
By Amy Licence - 11 June 9:48

Dead by the age of 28, Anne Neville didn’t leave much of a paper trail. Who was this woman who stood so close to the king, yet seems so distant today?

New Statesman
Reviews round-up
By Critic - 10 June 15:50

The critics' verdicts on Stephen King, Paul Morley and Kristine Barnett.

Iain Banks books.
Grief among readers and friends for Iain Banks
By Chris D Allen - 10 June 13:01

Friends, readers and fellow-writers remember a Scottish literary great.

A still from
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong: dawn of the bromance comic
By Cara Ellison - 07 June 17:36

A graphic novel about high school angst and killer robots? Hand it over, says Cara Ellison.

New Statesman
Peter Kennard: G8 protest posters
By Charlotte Simmonds - 07 June 13:59

As world leaders prepare to meet for the global summit, activist artist Peter Kennard creates readily sharable ‘posters for protest’.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Plenty of Fish in the Sea
By Tom Humberstone - 07 June 9:45

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic.

Reviewed: Confessions from Correspondentland
By Chris D Allen - 06 June 16:02

Nick Bryant's memoir recalls the dangers and delights of life as a foreign correspondent.

Burt Bacharach.
Cut-price popster or noble sentamentalist? A beginner's guide to Burt Bacharach
By George Chesterton - 05 June 9:00

Burt Bacharach’s songs have an inconvenient habit of catching even the most committed cynic unawares and leaving them – about three minutes later – blubbing like the mother of the bride. How does he do it?

Michael Landy's sculptures at the National Gallery.
Michael Landy's Saints Alive: Bloody carnage brought to life and mechanised
By Philip Maughan - 04 June 9:00

When he was made associate artist at the National Gallery in 2009, Michael Landy tried his best to get to know the gallery's collection. He kept coming back to the same image: St Catherine and her wheel. In a new exhibition of collages, sketches and large

Portrait of W G Sebald.
W G Sebald's apocalyptic vision: The world will end in 2013
By Isabel Sutton - 04 June 9:00

Radio producer and journalist Isabel Sutton travelled to Germany to talk about W G Sebald with his old friend and fellow academic Professor Rüdiger Görner. She meets him in the same hotel bar where he and Sebald had lunched together many years before.

New Statesman
New Statesman writers appear at Stoke Newington Literary Festival
By new-statesman - 03 June 16:35

From Laurie Penny on protest to Helen Lewis on videogames, via Daniel Trilling on the far right, join NS staff and contributors at the North London festival.

Matt Smith: the rise and fall of the hipster Doctor
By Tom Phillips - 03 June 10:54

A young Doctor with old man's eyes, he whirligigged around the screen like a spider playing Twister against itself. But Matt Smith’s legacy suffers from the fact that something went awry in the writing of the last series of Doctor Who.

Brendan Titley, Alan Cumming and Jenny Sterlin on stage in New York.
Alan Cumming's Macbeth: Dark desires on Broadway
By Tara Isabella Burton - 31 May 12:01

The promise of a one-man Macbeth, particularly as performed by such a winkingly self-aware performer as Alan Cumming, is rife with the potential for self-indulgence. Yet the chilling motif of a minimalist asylum ward is used to illuminate how definitively

New Statesman
In the Frame: Dead Air
By Tom Humberstone - 31 May 11:11

Tom Humberstone's weekly observational comic for the New Statesman.

Part of the problem is that the women of previous centuries are often invisible.
Is Women’s History Passé? Only if Women are
By Amy Licence - 31 May 11:02

Men have not existed in a vacuum for centuries. Female experiences can present us with an alternative narrative that is relevant and fascinating. The study of women’s history is as significant as the study of women’s lives today.

Leon Wieseltier in his office.
Leon Wieseltier: “I don’t believe that civility or tenderness is a primary intellectual virtue”
By Philip Maughan - 30 May 12:20

An interview with New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier, winner of the US$1m Dan David Prize, on critical standards in a technological age, slowing the march of Big Data and Barack Obama's moral vanity.