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Gilbey on Film: Tony Scott, 1944-2012
By Ryan Gilbey - 21 August 9:59

A master manipulator of space and suspense.

These are the kind of laughs comedians at the Fringe would die for
Nicky Woolf's Edinburgh Diary: Late-night comedy revues
By Nicky Woolf - 20 August 15:32

Comedy at the Fringe is as much about the night-life as the day-life.

Polish author Ryszard Kapuscinski is the subject of Domoslawski's biography
Reviews Round-Up
By New Statesman - 20 August 12:14

The critics’ verdicts on André Brink, Artur Domoslawski and Claire Kilroy.

Author Ian McEwan's novel Sweet Tooth is to be released on Tuesday
The Friday Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 17 August 12:14

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

You should always read the reviews.
Edinburgh diary: Who are these reviewers, then?
By Nicky Woolf - 17 August 10:24

Without the deluge of daily reviews, the Edinburgh Festival would be very different. Nicky Woolf meets the people who write them.

Gilbey on Film: Playing God
By Ryan Gilbey - 17 August 9:30

Divine presences in the movies.

In the Critics this week
By New Statesman - 16 August 14:12

John Burnside celebrates chance encounters with animals, Ray Monk looks at Wittgenstein, Alice Gribbin interviews John Banville and John Gray reviews Rowan Williams's ventures beyond the wardrobe door.

Dusan Makavejev's visionary insolence
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 15 August 13:38

WR Mysteries of the Organism is screened in London.

The Physical Impossibility of Life in the Mind of Someone Obessed with Death
By Emma Geen - 14 August 13:56

Hirst and Weiwei: similar methods, opposing messages.

A performer at the Udderbelly venue
Edinburgh diary: In which hangover food is required
By Nicky Woolf - 14 August 8:41

Nicky Woolf knows the best spots for a morning-after pick-me-up.

Reviews Round-Up
By new-statesman - 13 August 14:28

The critics’ verdicts on Will Self, Nicholson Baker and Javier Marias.

Edinburgh diary: No sleep 'til September
By Nicky Woolf - 12 August 20:26

Nicky Woolf navigates day four of the Fringe.

Gleeful farces, world-class puppetry and the death of the ampersand
By Nicky Woolf - 12 August 9:53

Day 3 of Nicky Woolf's Edinburgh diary.

The Friday Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 10 August 14:49

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Surviving Black Wednesday - and checking out the Big Four
By Nicky Woolf - 10 August 9:05

Nicky Woolf's first Edinburgh diary.

In the Critics this week
By New Statesman - 09 August 16:15

Claire Lowdon objects to one novel on the Man Booker longlist, Ryan Gilbey talks female role models in Pixar's Brave and Jonathan Coe applauds Javier Marías’s attempts to reimagine the novel.

Mark Kozelek: "I yelled at Tom Cruise about 20 times"
By Yo Zushi - 08 August 13:44

The Sun Kil Moon frontman talks to Yo Zushi about two decades on the road, his new album and why he finds Britain "very depressing".

Robert Hughes dies, aged 74
By Emma Geen - 07 August 18:23

Robert Hughes, the lauded art critic, writer and television documentary maker, has died.

Reviews Round-Up
By admin - 06 August 18:33

The critics’ verdicts on Lois Banner, Tom Williams and Nell Freudenberger.

New Statesman
The Olympics through the lens
By Rebecca McClelland - 03 August 15:44

London launched a rich variety of Olympic photography exhibitions last week.

Evan Parker
The Friday Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 03 August 11:45

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Gilbey on Film: The Sight & Sound Poll
By Ryan Gilbey - 02 August 10:34

Modern cinema makes a paltry showing in the Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time.

Jonah Lehrer's true lies
By Yo Zushi - 01 August 10:29

So he made up some Bob Dylan quotes. Does the science writer deserve another chance?

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi
Weaving a World
By En Liang Khong - 31 July 12:52

Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi talks about how creative translation can be a powerful force for dialogue.

Battle of Tsushima
Reviews Round-Up
By New Statesman - 30 July 15:18

The critics’ verdicts on Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson, Pankaj Mishra and Kirsty Gunn.

London Olympics
Gilbey on Film: A Cinematic Olympics
By Ryan Gilbey - 30 July 12:13

Cinema's presence at the London Olympics stretches beyond the spectacle of Danny Boyle's opening ceremony.

The Olympic opening ceremony
Charmingly incoherent
By En Liang Khong - 28 July 16:38

An opening ceremony for a "self-analysing" people.

Niall Ferguson
Damp squid: the fall of Niall Ferguson
By Christopher Harvie - 28 July 11:13

The Scots-American we can do without.

Back to the soil
By Yo Zushi - 28 July 10:42

The Simpsons, Woody Guthrie, Gone with the Wind and Neil Young – and what they tell us about America's obsession with its land.