The latest on books and the arts


Notes in the Margin: Andre Previn
By Sophie Elmhirst - 06 April 11:17

The conductor talks about Surrey, marriage and why he hates airports.

The disappearance of Ai Weiwei
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 05 April 18:46

Artist hasn't been since since Sunday.

Art review: The madness of King George
By Aime Williams - 05 April 14:18

An exhibition remembers a time when England was ruled not from London but from Dorset.

Cut and paste baroque
By Gina Allum - 04 April 19:32

Peter Brook's response to Mozart.

Reviews Round-up
By Staff blogger - 04 April 14:01

The critics' verdicts on a history of the Churchills, a study of modern motherhood, and David Lodge.

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 01 April 17:34

Our cultural picks of the week ahead.

Gilbey on Film: cult followings
By Ryan Gilbey - 01 April 14:31

Can anything really be a cult movie any more?

Arts funding: winners and losers
By Aime Williams - 31 March 16:40

Arts Council England announces its new funding plans after cuts to its budget.

In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 31 March 15:22

Neil Morrisey's childhood, 20th century folk music, and civil war reprobates.

Libraries: gateways to other lives
By Aime Williams - 30 March 18:39

Zadie Smith speaks out in defence of libraries -- and a Tory spokesman responds.

Michael Chanan's video blog: A Tale of Two Demos
By Staff blogger - 30 March 17:43

FILM: What the mainstream media didn't show you on Saturday.

Tom Ravenscroft's music blog
By Tom Ravenscroft - 30 March 17:25

Free album for download; and more African guitar pop.

Don't play politics with academic freedom
By James Ladyman - 30 March 17:00

By encouraging research on the "big society", the Arts and Humanities Research Council sets a danger

In praise of little magazines
By Aime Williams - 29 March 15:43

Night and Day is relaunched.

Reviews Round-up
By Staff blogger - 28 March 17:36

The critics' verdicts on Philip Hensher, James Harkin and a history of protest music.

Opera for the ADHD generation
By Alexandra Coghlan - 26 March 8:45

A thrilling production of Monteverdi's Ulysses by a first-time director.

Stirred but not shaken
By Gina Allum - 25 March 18:09

Terrence Rattigan's vision of 1940s Lincolnshire is transported to London.

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 25 March 14:34

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Out of Essex
By Ursula Donnelly - 25 March 13:58

London Gypsy Orchestra builds cultural bridges in wake of Dale Farm evictions.

In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 24 March 17:09

South African photography, a history of protest songs, and DH Lawrence on screen.

Spy Wars: The Fiction behind the Truth
By Adam Bowie - 24 March 16:02

Announcing a New Statesman event with British and Russian writers.

Gilbey on Film: being serious
By Ryan Gilbey - 23 March 17:05

Thoughts about comic actors turning straight.

Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011
By Staff blogger - 23 March 14:12

Screen legend dies at the age of 79.

Tom Ravenscroft's music blog
By Tom Ravenscroft - 23 March 11:39

Listen here to the BBC 6 Music DJ's favourite new tracks, from Kenyan guitar pop to singer songwrite

Reviews Round-up
By Staff blogger - 22 March 11:01

The critics' verdicts on Orhan Pamuk, Henning Mankell and Rosa Luxemburg.

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 18 March 13:07

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

In the Critics this week.
By Staff blogger - 17 March 18:08

Mark Leonard on global power, Ryan Gilbey on Ballast and a literature-loving oligarch.

There's life beyond the Oliviers
By Gina Allum - 17 March 10:03

It's time theatre awards recognised the provinces.

Gilbey on Film: slight returns
By Ryan Gilbey - 15 March 13:16

Ken Loach and Woody Allen are back, but their movies display familiar flaws.

Reviews Round-up
By Staff blogger - 14 March 13:30

The critics' verdicts on Niall Ferguson, Jennifer Egan and a new David Bowie biography.