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Review: Edmund de Waal Contemporary at Waddesdon
By Harriet Williams - 11 May 9:54

Acclaimed author returns to pots in a new exhibition.

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Review: Writing Britain - Wastelands to Wonderlands
By Charlotte Simmonds - 10 May 17:52

A new show at the British Library traces "space" and "place" across a thousand years of literature.

Keep calm and carry on
Enough of this carry on
By Mike Bonnet - 10 May 14:12

Is "Keep Calm And Carry On" an appropriate mantra for modern Britain?

Review: Einstein on the beach
By Alexandra Coghlan - 10 May 12:08

An astonishing production at the Barbican

In the Critics this week
By new-statesman - 10 May 11:54

John Gray on markets and morals, Ferdinand Mount on oligarchy and Bryan Appleyard on the iPhone at f

Mad Men: season 5, episode 8
By Alice Gribbin - 09 May 17:34

Sneaky calls, the Beatles and fake couples/kitchens/whipped cream.

Robert Harris
Prodigality and prose
By Robert Binyon - 09 May 13:11

When the world is in economic crisis, how should writers respond?

Hilary Mantel
Reviews Round-Up
By new-statesman - 08 May 17:29

The critics' verdicts on Hilary Mantel, Tom Watson and Toni Morrison.

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Remembering Maurice Sendak
By Charlotte Simmonds - 08 May 14:52

"Where the Wild Things Are" author leaves an enduring cultural legacy.

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Network star
By Tom Atkinson - 07 May 10:50

What is the secret of AMC's success?

Barbican Bauhaus
The Friday Arts Diary
By new-statesman - 04 May 16:14

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

A 1934 production of The Importance of Being Earnest
Review: The Importance of Being Earnest/A Soldier and a Maker
By Alexandra Coghlan - 02 May 16:03

A gloriously irreverent operatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic.

Charlotte Rampling
Gilbey on Film: In praise of Charlotte Rampling
By Ryan Gilbey - 02 May 15:28

Cinema's great enigma.

Mad Men: season 5, episode 7
By Alice Gribbin - 02 May 10:08

Bad writing and behaviour at the codfish ball.

New Statesman
Turner Prize announces its 2012 shortlist
By Emily Wight - 01 May 15:19

This year's shortlist encompasses a mixture of art forms.

Bradley Manning  is escorted by military police as he departs the courtroom
Can a play help tell the story of the world's most famous whistleblower?
By Naomi Colvin - 28 April 11:08

'The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning' seeks to redress the balance.

Ken Loach
Gilbey on Film: Cinemagoers of the world unite!
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 April 10:31

The Bread and Roses film festival kicks off today.

Black Watch
Acts of resistance
By Christopher Haydon - 26 April 15:44

Who says political theatre has to be dull?

New Statesman
In the critics this week
By new-statesman - 26 April 15:09

A brief look at the Spring Books Special

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Mad Men: season 5, episode 6
By Alice Gribbin - 25 April 15:32

Orange sherbet, purple candy, LSD.

Review: Misterman
By Gina Allum - 25 April 12:57


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

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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