The latest on books and the arts


Mo Yan
Mo Yan wins the Nobel Prize in Literature
By new-statesman - 11 October 12:28

Chinese author's "hallucinatory realism" is rewarded.

Stephen King
Gilbey on Film: Interview with Stephen King, 1978
By Ryan Gilbey - 11 October 11:17

Two years before its release, Stephen King discusses The Shining, Jack Nicholson and Stanley Kubrick

Jonathan Powell and Tony Blair
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 11 October 9:41

Autumn books with A M Homes, Jonathan Powell, John Banville and others.

An assortment of handwritten postcards
The lost art of handwriting
By Philip Maughan - 10 October 16:55

Inspired by Philip Hensher’s new book, the NS team reveal their hands.

Bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin.
Crime does pay: Analysing thrillers for clues to culture
By B J Epstein - 10 October 11:06

What we can learn from crime fiction - apart from whodunnit, obviously.

Some Like It Hip Hop
Reclaiming hip hop
By Gina Allum - 10 October 10:36

This Sadler's Wells show saves the genre from itself.

The view along a corridor inside the PAD London art fair pavilion.
Preview: PAD London
By Philip Maughan - 09 October 16:02

International art and design fair opens tomorrow

P G Wodehouse in 1928
Where is the Britain of Wodehouse and Waugh?
By Ritwik Deo - 09 October 15:30

They never knew the effect their writing had on we Indians, the third worlders.

An engraving of a scene from Handel's Julius Ceasar.
Julius Caesar
By Alexandra Coghlan - 09 October 11:29

ENO's new production fails to enthrall.

The Maids by Paula Rego
Art in Regent's Park
By Philip Maughan - 08 October 16:57

Frieze London opens for its tenth edition

David Cameron and a scientist at GlaxoSmithKline.
Reviews Round-Up
By new-statesman - 08 October 16:34

The critics’ verdicts on Ben Goldacre, Slavoj Žižek and Philip Norman.

Sasha Ilyukevich: dictatorship blues
By Russell Parton - 08 October 16:28

Rocking against repression in Belarus.

A defaced Rothko
Yellow-bellied coward or the new Duchamp?
By Charlotte Simmonds - 08 October 16:25

Your comments, please, on the Rothko defacement.

Christopher Le Brun, Grayson Perry and Allen Jones sitting on a sofa.
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 05 October 15:24

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Daniel Craig.
Gilbey on Film: Happy Birthday, Mr Bond
By Ryan Gilbey - 05 October 15:11

Why we don't really need a Global James Bond Day.

Stevie Wonder
In praise of the clavinet
By George Chesterton - 05 October 10:58

It's 40 years since Stevie Wonder showed off the otherwordly range of this keyboard.

New Statesman
The #COMETOGETHER exhibition, revolution and the Gulf
By Tam Hussein - 05 October 9:22

Ripples of the Arab Spring felt in the Gulf States.

Adele’s theme for new Bond film Skyfall released
By Caroline Crampton - 05 October 9:21

Track revealed on the 50th anniversary of James Bond’s debut on the big screen, but does it match up to the glories of the past?

Why Dredd 3D gets women in comics right
By Laura Sneddon - 04 October 17:50

For a popcorn blockbuster, the gender politics of Dredd 3D are extraordinary, writes Laura Sneddon.

Mossman on Music: Tori Amos at the Royal Albert Hall
By Kate Mossman - 04 October 17:27

Amos presents new album "Gold Dust" with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.

New Statesman
Tarun Tejpal on finding India's "street voice"
By Madeleine Fry - 04 October 16:47

The author talks about his latest novel "The Story of My Assassins".

On the Road at the British Library
By Philip Maughan - 04 October 14:41

Kerouac’s 120-ft manuscript unraveled for new exhibition.

A statue by the river in Gabrovo, Bulgaria.
Miroslav Penkov Wins BBC International Short Story Award
By Philip Maughan - 04 October 10:43

First Award open to entries from overseas won by Bulgarian-American writer.

Kingsley Amis
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 04 October 10:20

Gessen on Amis pere, Gray on Ballard, Drabble on Rowling and Robson on the Booker.

Ben Onwukwe
Sunset Baby - Review
By Emily Wight - 03 October 10:37

A clash between the personal and political in the New York ghetto.

The lawn of Somerset House in London.
2012 Forward Prize Awarded to Jorie Graham
By Philip Maughan - 02 October 13:21

First US woman to win beats Geoffrey Hill to the £10,000 prize.

The anniversary cover featuring John Lennon.
The NME'S aging (and often dead) cover stars
By Rob Hastings - 02 October 11:31

Why aren't young, new acts getting any space on new music's real estate, the front cover of the New Musical Express?

Edna O'Brien and Margaret Drabble chatting in the 1960s.
Reviews Round-Up
By new-statesman - 01 October 13:27

The critics' verdicts on J. K. Rowling, Edna O'Brien and David Byrne.

Eric Hobsbawm
Eric Hobsbawm, 1917-2012
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 01 October 11:10

Marxist historian dies at the age of 95.

J. K. Rowling standing in front of the cover design for her new book.
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 28 September 16:50

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.