The latest on books and the arts


New Statesman
Borrow, build, abandon
By Charlotte Simmonds - 24 September 14:06

A haunting new photography exhibition captures an Olympic legacy abandoned.

The Light and Hope Orchestra in concert.
Visions of female power and creativity
By Eylem Atakav - 24 September 11:30

The arts are starting to offer women a way of expressing themselves in male-dominated cultures.

Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 21 September 17:42

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Benedict Cumberbatch
Have the arts become the preserve of the wealthy?
By Ella Funge - 21 September 17:12

Young people today face difficulties, but shouldn't give up hope.

Reimagining Arab cinema
By Ella Funge - 21 September 12:18

Omar Kholeif interviewed.

Fred Schepisi
Gilbey on Film: In praise of Fred Schepisi (again)
By Ryan Gilbey - 21 September 10:36

The Australian director's latest film has a dream cast.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow
How John Bercow always manages to pull adversity from the jaws of success
By Bobby Friedman - 19 September 13:21

The Speaker's biographer doubts Bercow will be remembered as the “backbenchers' Speaker”.

Roger Scruton
Why doesn't Roger Scruton want to be labelled as "of the right"?
By Caroline Crampton - 19 September 10:03

The philosopher positively despises being called a "reluctant rightist", particularly by Terry Eagleton.

New Statesman
Arabic Cinema comes to London
By Ella Funge - 18 September 16:12

A preview of the most ambitious season of Arab film ever to be shown in the UK.

Junot Diaz
Reviews Round-up
By new-statesman - 17 September 13:35

The critics' verdicts on Junot Diaz, Naomi Wolf and Pat Barker.

Keira Knightley
Gilbey on Film: Drama queens
By Ryan Gilbey - 14 September 15:04

A theatrical setting undermines Joe Wright's Anna Karenina.

Cambridge Film Festival
Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 14 September 12:33

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

The Taming of the Shrew
A festival of double entendres
By Gina Allum - 14 September 10:18

Toby Frow's Taming of the Shrew hits the spot.

New Statesman
Street Style: The people's fashion or a billboard for brands?
By Charlotte Simmonds - 13 September 18:16

Style bloggers at New York Fashion week reportedly paid “$10,000 for a single appearance".

Paul Auster
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 13 September 16:25

Sarah Churchwell on Paul Auster, Ryan Gilbey on Woody Allen and Jonathan Derbyshire interviews Michael Chabon.

New Statesman
What's wrong with Treme?
By Philip Maughan - 13 September 14:10

HBO’s Treme returns for a third series later this month, but will anyone watch it?

A hologram of Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur: Radical poet
By Tony McKenna - 13 September 13:57

On the sixteenth anniversary of his death, we remember a man who was the living embodiment of a contradictory career and politics.

Richard Hawley
Mercury Prize shortlist announced
By Ella Funge - 13 September 12:45

Odds for the Mercury Prize nominees are the "closest ever", but Plan B and Richard Hawley are the favourites.

Peter DeMarco
We’re all going on a summer holiday
By Charlotte Simmonds - 12 September 12:22

As the travel photography competition season draws to a close, what can the winning images teach us about escapism?

New Statesman
Wikipedia vs Philip Roth
By Philip Maughan - 12 September 11:12

Why the online encyclopedia isn't just the self-referential US author's concern

Will Self
Man Booker Prize shortlist announced
By Ella Funge - 11 September 12:13

Hilary Mantel and Will Self are the favourites.

Morrissey and the Smiths
Reviews Round-Up
By new-statesman - 10 September 1:20

The critics' verdicts on Tony Fletcher, Kevin Powers and D T Max.

"Nixon in China" breaks all the rules
By Alexandra Coghlan - 08 September 11:36

John Adams's impressive Proms performance

New Statesman
The London Magazine launches short story competition
By Ella Funge - 07 September 16:44

England's oldest literary periodical is on the hunt for fresh talent.

The life of Ford Madox Ford
By Max Saunders - 07 September 16:12

Ford's biographer Max Saunders explores the life of one of the most mercurial, protean figures in literary history.

Pessoa's Lisbon
The trials and tribulations of the translator
By Margarida Madaleno - 07 September 14:37

Turning the poetry of Ricardo Reis into English.

Barbara Hepworth
The Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 07 September 12:40

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

The cast of Girls
In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 06 September 18:09

Laura Miller on "Girls", Leo Robson on Zadie Smith and Kate Mossman on Bob Dylan.

New Statesman
Gilbey on film: What can we expect from this year's London Film Festival?
By Ryan Gilbey - 06 September 15:31

Incoming Festival Director Clare Stewart shows signs of having created a properly dynamic programme.

Zadie Smith in conversation with the NS culture editor
By New Statesman - 06 September 13:00

Jonathan Derbyshire talks to the author of "NW".