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Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker in the new series of The Thick of It
First glimpse of series 4 of "The Thick of It"
By Caroline Crampton - 28 August 20:49

"She's going to kick her own head in. Which will be easy for her, as she does yoga."

Reviews Round-Up
By New Statesman - 28 August 16:43

The critics’ verdicts on Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson and Pankaj Mishra.

Director Orson Welles, whose 1973 classic 'F for Fake' is playing in selected Lo
Friday Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 24 August 12:22

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

In the Critics this week
By New Statesman - 23 August 16:43

Žižek on Batman, Leo Robson on McEwan and Tracey Thorn on the novels of Elizabeth Taylor.

Godspeed you black maestro
By Celluloid Liberation Front - 22 August 15:52

Melvin Van Peebles turns 80.

Phill Jupitus
Nicky Woolf's Edinburgh Diary: Weeeird improvisational science
By Nicky Woolf - 22 August 9:45

“It's usually a bit mental but maybe not that mental.”

John Cage.
The sounds of silence
By Richard Osborne - 21 August 16:49

A very, very quiet top ten.

By Emma Geen - 21 August 12:08

Human enhancement comes under the microscope at the Wellcome Trust's current collection, 'Superhuman'.

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.