The latest on books and the arts


Pete Doherty and Charlotte Gainsbourg in Confessions of a Child of the Century.
Pete Doherty is a really, really bad actor
By Alex Hern - 07 December 12:15

The former Libertine isn't very good at playing a libertine.

Yeasayer: "America's not like Canada, where crappy bands are funded by the government"
By Rob Pollard - 06 December 12:06

Rob Pollard interviews Yeasayer's Chris Keating.

Michael Redgrave and children
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 06 December 10:56

Sarah Churchwell on Donald Spoto, Helen Lewis on Grace Coddington and Claire Lowdon on Nancy Huston.

The Hour: series 2, episode 4
By Caroline Crampton - 06 December 10:51

Plots are thickening all over the place.

In the Frame: Dickensian Rolling News
By Tom Humberstone - 05 December 16:42

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

New Statesman
How text-based war games are challenging representations of conflict
By John Brindle - 05 December 16:19

Text-based games are saying things about the wars we fight that the AAA shooter cannot.

Peter Hook about to go on stage at first performance of Closer with his band The
Peter Hook: Bernard and I could reconcile. "On the end of a pair of duelling pistols."
By Rob Pollard - 04 December 9:44

Rob Pollard speaks to the former Joy Division and New Order bassist.

Linton Kwesi Johnson
Linton Kwesi Johnson honoured
By Philip Maughan - 03 December 14:25

Father of dub poetry wins 2012 Golden PEN Award

Grace Coddington
Reviews round-up
By new-statesman - 03 December 12:46

The critics' verdicts on Grace Coddington, Ian Cobain and Julian Barnes.

New York newsstand
A new home for the short story
By Jacques Testard - 03 December 9:05

Not just another literary prize.

Copyright for a digital age
By Benjamin White - 30 November 14:49

A rethinking of intellectual property law is long overdue.

An illustration from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels
From the archive: Frank Kermode on Jonathan Swift
By Frank Kermode - 30 November 14:46

Compared with Swift’s ferocious wit, Private Eye is primitive stuff.

The Friday arts diary
By new-statesman - 30 November 14:11

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Kevin Powers
Kevin Powers: "When I was serving, I gave up any notion of a just cause."
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 30 November 10:23

The winner of the Guardian First Book Award interviewed.

Ken Loach
Ken Loach turns down an award
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 29 November 16:39

The director shows solidarity with film festival workers.

In the Frame: High Stakes Procrastination
By Tom Humberstone - 29 November 16:27

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

The winners of the British comics awards. Josceline Fenton, 2nd right, was the o
Where were all the women at the British Comic Awards?
By Laura Sneddon - 29 November 11:53

The first British Comics Awards were hugely successful – except for their less-than-perfect gender balance, writes Laura Sneddon.

Kylie Minogue
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 29 November 11:45

John Gray on Brian Leiter, Leo Robson on Julian Barnes and Kate Mossman on Kylie Minogue.

Read all about it: NS Books of the Year 2012
By New Statesman - 29 November 11:14

The New Statesman’s friends and contributors choose their favourite books of 2012.

The Hour: series 2, episode 3
By Caroline Crampton - 29 November 9:29

So many storylines, you won't know where to look.

A portrait of Eugene O'Neill
Desmond MacCarthy on Eugene O’Neill: “Poetry did not blow about the words”
By Philip Maughan - 27 November 15:34

Mixed feelings on the great American playwright, who died this day in 1943.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Reviews round-up
By new-statesman - 26 November 17:12

The critics' verdicts on Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Alex Danchev and Richard Bradford.

New Statesman
Who's offended by Victoria's Secret?
By Kamila Kocialkowska - 23 November 16:53

After their 'racist' use of Native Indian headdresses, Victoria's Secret is yet another fashion brand in the firing line for cultural insensitivity. But is appropriation always insulting?

Ian Hamilton Finlay
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 23 November 13:15

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Nicki Minaj performing in California earlier this year
Is the world of rap finally entering the twenty-first century?
By Joe Rivers - 23 November 9:21

With Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Angel Haze and the recent emergence of “queer rap”, we could finally be seeing some progress in a musical genre that's long been dominated by straight men and macho self-aggrandisement.

In the Frame: Damnation of Memory
By Tom Humberstone - 23 November 9:02

Pressing delete on the memory of Jimmy Savile.

New Statesman
Arts funding – what it does, and why it matters
By Andrew Mellor - 22 November 17:51

Will Gompertz raised vital issues in his "Today" programme coverage, but the reality is more complicated than it seems

An old Carnegie library building in Dunfermline.
Philistines: neo-liberal Tories force cuts and closures on Tyneside
By Philip Maughan - 22 November 16:19

Who else, but the state, would build a library in Jesmond?

New Statesman
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 22 November 12:14

Rowan Willaims, Ed Miliband, AS Byatt and many others choose their essential reads of the past year, Leo Hollis on London's architectural future

Dominic West as Hector Madden, dozing in his police cell
The Hour: series 2, episode 2
By Caroline Crampton - 22 November 8:56

A morality tale featuring a delicious blend of vice, corruption, pornography and cooking.