The latest on books and the arts


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.

Red Desert
Red Desert – review
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 27 July 17:30

Antonioni's 1964 film depicts a familiar landscape.

Alfred Hitchcock
The Friday Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 27 July 10:12

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria
Revolt in Syria by Stephen Starr - review
By Tam Hussein - 26 July 12:58

Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising

By Stephen Starr

C Hurst & Co, 232pp, £14.99

In the Critics this week
By New Statesman - 26 July 12:49

Richard Mabey on summer, Leo Hollis on London’s tech transformation, Will Hutton on a new kind of capitalism and Toby Litt on Elizabeth Fraser.

Hilary Mantel
Man Booker Prize longlist announced
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 25 July 16:17

For the most part, the judges have ignored the big names.

William Shakespeare
Shakespeare: Staging the world - review
By Gina Allum - 24 July 12:50

An exhibition at the British Museum celebrates our greatest playwright.

Pitchfork Music Festival
The pernicious rise of “indie-classical”
By En Liang Khong - 23 July 14:16

If you think classical music is snobbish, just take a look at indie culture.

Herbert von Karajan
Reviews Round-Up
By New Statesman - 23 July 12:40

The critics’ verdicts on Peter Beinart, Tom Service and Dana Spiotta.

George Bernard Shaw
The Shavian moment
By Daniel Janes - 20 July 18:39

Why are there so many George Bernard Shaw revivals?

The Olympic Stadium
The art of losing isn't hard to master
By William Sieghart - 20 July 18:28

Poetry and Olympic values.

Rules of Attraction
Gilbey on Film: Adapting Bret Easton Ellis for the screen
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 July 18:09

Director Paul Schrader has started shooting "The Canyons" with an original screenplay by Bret Easton Ellis.

Tate Modern
The Friday Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 20 July 11:56

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Dame Kelly Holmes at Royal Festival Hall
National Portrait Gallery adds Dame Kelly Holmes to its contemporary idols
By Anna Lezard - 19 July 16:48

Dame Kelly joins the "heroes" in the NPG's range of celebrities.

In the Critics this week
By New Statesman - 19 July 12:55

Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the crisis of Zionism, Stuart Maconie on the Smiths, Helen Lewis on Fifty Shades, Kate Mossman on pop music's nerds and John Sutherland on English studies.

Obi Abili at the Criterion theatre
Actors over athletes
By Anna Lezard - 18 July 11:35

Beneath the Cultural Olympiad, the Criterion theatre will show the funny side of the Olympics in two new plays.

Durham miners
The miners’ hymns
By En Liang Khong - 17 July 16:43

Ed Miliband’s appearance at The Durham Miners’ Gala tapped into a powerful seam of social solidarity.

Jon Lord
Jon Lord dies aged 71
By En Liang Khong - 17 July 11:38

The Deep Purple founder, who co-wrote "Smoke On The Water", has died.

Somerset House
Shortlist announced for the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2012
By Anna Lezard - 17 July 10:27

A variety of both new and well-established talents are selected for a potential £16 000 prize in October.

A Doll's House, The Young Vic
A Doll's House - review
By Sophie Cohen - 16 July 16:59

Sexuality and sacrifice in a new production of Ibsen's play.

New Statesman
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier - review
By Charlotte Simmonds - 16 July 15:31

An extraordinary exhibition goes that far beyond the cone bra.

Joseph Stiglitz
Reviews Round-Up
By New Statesman - 16 July 13:26

The critics' verdicts on Joseph Stiglitz, Sheila Hale and John Banville.

Philosophy in the public square
By Sean Gittins - 16 July 10:13

My night with Slavoj Žižek.

Classical music should be about more than elite parties and private schools
By Andrew Mellor - 15 July 11:04

Exclusion in the classical music world stretches far beyond race.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
The Friday Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 13 July 11:48

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

TROSP Orchestra
The death of the concert hall
By En Liang Khong - 12 July 17:24

John Adams’s epic Harmonielehre is being re-imagined in a multi-storey car park.

New Statesman
In the Critics this week
By New Statesman - 12 July 16:57

David Walliams talks to Russell Brand, Kwame Kwei-Armah in Baltimore, Tony Blair on Philip Gould and Jonathan Coe on state-of-the-nation novels.