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New Statesman
Childlike in the best way – The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
By Alex Hern - 05 May 15:44

Stephen Collins' debut graphic novel, reviewed.

New Statesman
In Praise of the Fake
By Jonathon Keats - 03 May 15:54

If the best art excites our emotions, makes us question the world around us, and exhibits astonishing skill… what better than forgeries?

In the Frame: Pies
By Tom Humberstone - 02 May 16:30

Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.

New Statesman
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 01 May 16:38

David Owen remembers the Iron Lady and Stuart Maconie feels short-changed by Damian Barr.

Concert goers.
Are smartphones ruining art?
By Sarah Howell - 01 May 11:04

Videos on social media sites are merely dumbed-down replicas.

How did Ben Elton's "The Wright Way" get it so wrong?
By Tom Phillips - 01 May 10:13

The old comedy adage says that if there's nothing funny left to say, make a penis joke. Perhaps this explains why <em>The Wright Way</em> is just one big knob gag, then.

League of Legends, a free to play game that's become an enormous success.
The Land of the Free: Getting your money's worth from free to play games
By Phil Hartup - 30 April 10:44

More and more games are setting their stall out for free right off the bat, and then finding ways of taking your money later on. Why does it work?

Margaret Thatcher
Reviews Round-up
By new-statesman - 29 April 15:33

The critics' verdicts on Charles Moore, David Sedaris and Damian Barr.

New Statesman
All Tomorrow's Parties is no more
By Catriona Gray - 29 April 14:52

Will artist-curated festivals become a thing of the past?

Reviewed: Anomaly
By Fred Crawley - 28 April 10:09

How could so much money produce something so flaccid?

Ellen Gallagher
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 26 April 12:57

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

New Statesman
In the Frame: Ugly
By Tom Humberstone - 26 April 8:50

Tom Humberstone's observational comic for the New Statesman.

New Statesman
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 25 April 9:57

Sarah Churchwell on John le Carré's and Jonathan Bate on Shakespeare's pretenders.

A Delicate Truth.
Watch: John le Carré’s "A Delicate Truth"
By new-statesman - 24 April 23:57

A short film to accompany the author's new novel.

Good Vibrations.
When punk rock ruled over Ulster
By Philip Maughan - 23 April 17:30

Reviewed: Good Vibrations.

John Le Carré
Reviews Round-up
By New Statesman - 23 April 13:38

The critics' verdicts on John le Carré, Alister McGrath and Granta 123.

New Statesman
How Audrey Niffenegger ended up writing a ballet
By Hayley Campbell - 23 April 13:19

The author of <em>Time Traveller's Wife</em> speaks to Hayley Campbell about her new illustrated novel, <em>Raven Girl</em>.

New Statesman
Judges for the 15th Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction announced
By new-statesman - 23 April 11:33

Lord Martin Rees to chair the Prize.

Audrey Niffenegger's illustration for Raven Girl
Audrey Niffenegger's Raven Girl: the return of the illustrated book?
By Alex Hern - 23 April 11:00

Alex Hern finds that sometimes it's better to let someone else illustrate your words.

Broadchurch recedes into the gloom, but ITV's star shines bright
By Caroline Crampton - 23 April 10:32

The channel's handling of Chris Chibnall's brilliant whodunnit gives Caroline Crampton hope that ITV is going to give the BBC some serious competition when it comes to original drama.

A still from Bioshock Infinite.
The end of the epic: why the success of Bioshock Infinite is bad for gaming
By Phil Hartup - 21 April 11:54

Phil Hartup hated the critically acclaimed blockbuster. And he thinks you should too.

A still from Me and You.
Two hotheads in a room
By Ryan Gilbey - 19 April 17:50

Bernardo Bertolucci returns after eight years with the invigorating "Me and You".

Neil Gaiman
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 19 April 12:06

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

A still from Mad Men series 6, episode 3.
Mad Men: Season 6, Episode 3
By Alice Gribbin - 19 April 9:48

Warring speeches and mass complicity.

A detail from Quentin Blake's cover illustration for The Witches.
What can we learn from Roald Dahl's The Witches?
By Jemma Crew - 18 April 11:30

Thirty years on from the publication of Roald Dahl's <em>The Witches</em>, Jemma Crew looks back to her childhood reading and recalls how the author reimagined the reality of adulthood for a whole generation of children.