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Michael Gove
The imaginary education secretary
By Jonathan Webber - 25 April 12:36

Michael Gove is taken in by his own vacuous erudition.

Gunter Grass
Whose Auschwitz?
By Hans Kundnani - 24 April 14:04

What does the Günter Grass affair tell us about changing German attitudes to the Holocaust?

New Statesman
Theatre Review: Making Noise Quietly
By Emily Wight - 24 April 13:26

Peter Gill's revival of Robert Holman's triptych at the Donmar Warehouse is unmissable.

New Statesman
Reviews Round-up
By admin - 23 April 15:31

The critics' look at Lehrer, Rogan and Haidt

New Statesman
Theatre Review: Wild Swans
By Emily Wight - 23 April 12:17

The first stage adaptation of Jung Chang's award-winning novel is a masterpiece.

Voluptuous vampires
By Eleanor Hirst - 20 April 13:20

What's changed in the hundred years since Bram Stoker's death?

Levon Helm
Levon Helm: 1940-2012
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 20 April 9:58

The Band's drummer dies of cancer at 71.

Jonathan Safran Foer
In the Critics this week
By New Statesman - 19 April 10:47

American writing special with Mark Greif, Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Safran Foer, Ben Marcus and Shalo

Vincent Kartheiser as Pete in Mad Men
Mad Men: series 5, episode 5
By Sophie Elmhirst - 17 April 18:53

Oh, what a fight.

New Statesman
Under the skin
By Eleanor Hirst - 17 April 18:00

"Animals Inside Out" at the Natural History Museum.

New Statesman
Orange shortlist announced
By Eleanor Hirst - 17 April 13:44

Anne Enright and Cynthia Ozick both make the 2012 shortlist.

Banish the truffle oil!
By Ryan Gilbey - 17 April 12:39

Luxury cinema is an insult to film, and our wallets - we should resist its pretentious temptations

Matilda Olivier Awards
Oliviers are for sharing
By Gina Allum - 16 April 17:33

But Matilda waltzes off with a record haul of Larrys.

New Statesman
Review: Crisis Commission, Somerset House
By Eleanor Hirst - 16 April 16:02

Some of the leading names in the British art scene have made or donated works to the Crisis Commissi

Reviews round-up
By new-statesman - 16 April 14:15

The critics' verdicts on Irvine Welsh, Sam Harris and George Dyson.

Olivier Awards
Olivier Awards 2012: in pictures
By Samira Shackle - 16 April 10:34

A big night for the RSC's Matilda.

Günter Grass
Günter Grass and the free speech moment
By Robert Sharp - 13 April 16:57

A travel ban is still censorship.

Mad Men: season 5, episode 4
By Alice Gribbin - 13 April 12:07

Cinderella, rape, and a murder dream we wish was real.

Firing the fired
By Martha Gill - 12 April 18:00

"You're Fired": apprentice regurgitated

New Statesman
How London learned to dress
By Eleanor Hirst - 12 April 12:21

The Horniman museum traces style in the capital.

New Statesman
Gilbey on Film: Five things I love about La Grande Illusion
By Ryan Gilbey - 12 April 10:51

Here's why you need to see Jean Renoir's 1938 classic.

New Statesman
Where art meets analysis
By Eleanor Hirst - 11 April 17:10

A new display of work by Louise Bourgeois provokes at the Freud Museum.

New Statesman
Reviews round-up
By admin - 10 April 14:37

The critics' verdicts on Carole King, Tom Holland and Tim Lott.

New Statesman
Review: Sex and Sensibility, BBC 4
By Eleanor Hirst - 05 April 16:22

Set against political scandal, mass immigration and growing cultural hysteria, this three-part BBC d

New Statesman
Easter Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 05 April 13:34


Jubilee Park, E14, Anthony Caro, Until 25 May

New Statesman
In the critics this week
By new-statesman - 04 April 15:01

Adam Kirsch, Craig Raine, A L Kennedy and Richard Mabey.

Adolf Hitler
The Hitler wars
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 04 April 10:30

Richard J Evans vs A N Wilson.

Betty Francis played by January Jones
Mad Men: season 5, episode 3
By Sophie Elmhirst - 04 April 10:19

Oh Betty (and why Jon Hamm shouldn't be allowed to direct again)

New Statesman
Theatre Review: Big and Small
By Sophie Cohen - 03 April 17:38

Cate Blanchett gives a magnetic performance in Botho Strauss's play.