The latest on books and the arts


Wynton Marsalis
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 05 July 16:03

Jason Cowley on Cameron, Douglas Hurd on Churchill and Vernon Bogdanor on Powell. PLUS: the NS jazz special

Professor Stephen Hawking
The one man who isn't happy to see the Higgs boson
By Caroline Crampton - 05 July 9:58

Stephen Hawking loses $100 bet over whether the particle existed.

Lyndon Johnson
Reviews Round-Up
By new-statesman - 04 July 12:12

The critics' verdicts on Victor Serge, Harry Mount and Robert Caro.

Eric Sykes
Comedian Eric Sykes dies aged 89
By Caroline Crampton - 04 July 11:22

The comedian and actor, best known for his work in 1950s sitcoms with Hattie Jacques, has died.

Photographs by Lewis Carroll
Golden afternoons: Lewis Carroll and his muse
By Gaynor Arnold - 04 July 10:41

The origins of Alice in Wonderland.

Poetry Parnassus, a gathering of poets from every Olympic nation
Poetry Parnassus: "This global chorus"
By Alice Gribbin - 03 July 12:44

An audacious celebration at the Southbank Centre.

Review: Le Nozze di Figaro
By Alexandra Coghlan - 03 July 10:22

Michael Grandage's Figaro settles into drawing-room farce

Baaba Maal
Baaba Maal, voice of the people
By Charlotte Simmonds - 29 June 15:51

The Senegalese musician's “Africa Utopia” festival puts a positive vision of the continent centre stage.

The Cinematic Orchestra will be playing at the Barbican Centre on 30 June. Pho
The Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 29 June 12:07

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Lyndon Johnson
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 28 June 10:23

Craig Raine on Turner, Andrew Adonis on LBJ, John Gray on Victor Serge and Helen Lewis on the science of the breast.

Nora Ephron
Gilbey on Film: Nora Ephron, 1941-2012
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 June 11:26

A genius for intimacy.

New Statesman
Review: a cocktail of Baltic and French
By Alexandra Coghlan - 26 June 16:08

East and west London offer up some unusual venues for musical performance

Aaron Sorkin in March 2012.
Aaron Sorkin: gifted, but repetitive, wordsmith
By Caroline Crampton - 26 June 11:16

“Well, that was predictable.”

Reviews Round-Up
By New Statesman - 25 June 18:01

The critics' verdicts on Adam Phillips, Paul Theroux and Dambisa Moyo.

Michael Frayn
Review: Democracy
By Sophie Cohen - 25 June 9:52

A revival of Michael Frayn's dissection of cold war politics.

Can Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter make the undead funny again?
By Caroline Crampton - 24 June 12:49

Twilight can't be the last word on vampires.

Friday Arts Diary
By Jennifer Norton - 22 June 17:24

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Tracy Gillman, Hywel Morgan and John Hodgkinson
Review: A Walk on Part
By Emily Wight - 22 June 15:12

Stage adaptation of Chirs Mullin's diary is visionary, worrisome and totally endearing.

New Statesman
Theatre Review: The Prophet
By Emily Wight - 21 June 13:43

The Gate Theatre's staging of Hassan Abdulrazzak’s play could not be more timely.

New Statesman
Clive James is losing battle with cancer
By New Statesman - 21 June 13:18

Poetry is where he started and "probably where I'll end", he told NS in 2010

New Statesman
In the Critics this week
By New Statesman - 21 June 12:24

Julia Copus on time in art and literature, Toby Litt on Blondie and a new short story from John Burnside.

A swimming pool
Nose to tail
By Matt Trueman - 20 June 12:41

A word-for-word production of "The Great Gatsby" is a hymn to its prose

Benoît Magimel
Gilbey on Film: The art of cinematic disguise
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 June 11:39

Anonymity gives actors a special kind of freedom.

New Statesman
Reviews Round-Up
By New Statesman - 19 June 11:32

The critics' verdicts on Mario Vargas Llosa, Rachel Lichtenstein and the letters of T S Eliot.

One Man, Two Guvnors
Posh panto: One Man Two Guvnors
By Gina Allum - 19 June 11:09

Our theatre blogger goes to see what the fuss is all about.

Fiction Uncovered
Rescuing writers from the "mid-list"
By George Chesterton - 19 June 10:40

Fiction Uncovered gives eight novelists the recognition they deserve.

The massacre at Babi Yar, Ukraine 1941
Fiction and the Final Solution
By Hans Kundnani - 18 June 12:54

Laurent Binet, Jonathan Littell and the Holocaust novel.

Interior panels from Jerusalem
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City - review
By Hayley Campbell - 17 June 12:45

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City

Guy Delisle.

Jonathan Cape, 336pp, £16.99

New Statesman
By Desmond McCarthy - 16 June 10:55

The New Statesman reviewed Ulysses for the first time on 7 April 1923. Desmond McCarthy, the literary editor at the time, wrote under the pen-name Affable Hawk. Presented here is the full text of the review.

Slavoj Žižek
Slavoj Žižek in conversation with the NS's Jonathan Derbyshire
By New Statesman - 15 June 17:13

Full video of the Slovenian philosopher talking to the NS culture editor