The latest on books and the arts
RSS
How the impressionists found a new way of capturing the remarkable in everyday life
By Craig Raine - 05 March 11:51

Some think of the impressionists as the painterly equivalent of easy listening. Inventing Impressionism, themed around the collection of Paul Durand-Ruel, shows just how wrong they are.

Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for Still Alice.
Selective memory: why does Still Alice pull so many punches?
By Ryan Gilbey - 05 March 11:41

Clever pacing and Julianne Moore's Oscar-winning performance can't disguise the hedged bets and risks not taken.

Elaine Paige. Photo: China Photos/Getty Images
It's only natural: what's shaken the dust from Elaine Paige?
By Antonia Quirke - 05 March 11:35

The new Carole King musical - apparently.

Power couple Claire (Robin Wright) and Frank (Kevin Spacey)
Fifty shades of greige: the crumbling House of Cards shows the perils of repeat commissions
By Rachel Cooke - 05 March 11:33

Season three of House of Cards reaps diminishing returns.

Tim McMullan (Mendoza) & Ralph Fiennes (John Tanner). Photo: Johan Persson/National Theatre
George Bernard Shaw and David Hare: the political theatre that gets better with age
By Mark Lawson - 05 March 11:21

George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman and David Hare's The Absence of War have an ideology that speaks to today's politics.

Do it for the vine. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Nip across the border to sample the ancient vines
By Nina Caplan - 05 March 9:31

Spain and Portugal may have settled their differences, but when it comes to grapes, it's not so simple.

The famous pebble beach at Llandudno, Wales. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
In praise of meaningless work
By Joe Keohane - 04 March 12:00

We are all alienated labour now.

Latitude 2014. Photo: Carys Lavin
Latitude Festival announces 2015 line-up: alt-J, Portishead, Noel Gallagher
By New Statesman - 03 March 12:03

The music and arts festival reveals this year's line-up.

Alan Bennett is right: if you consult the literature, hypocrisy is a very English tradition
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 03 March 11:30

Alan Bennett's statement that the English excel at hypocrisy has upset the national press. But he's got literature on his side.

No one was “gay” in the 18th century: why we must not rewrite history with today’s terms
By Claire Hayward - 02 March 12:58

The danger of using current terminology and identities when discussing the past, especially marginalised and oppressed pasts, is that it results in bad history.

Critical Distance: This Week in Videogame Blogging #8
By Critical Distance - 02 March 12:39

Lara Croft, feminism and riot grrrl.

Dress codes: can there be a productive relationship between politics and fashion?
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 02 March 11:36

Political fashion has never been straightforward.

In the Frame: British Values
By Tom Humberstone - 27 February 9:59

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

At the Brit Awards 1998, Chumbawamba's drummer poured water over John Prescott. Photo: Getty
The Brits are so polite these days. One reason? There’s no bands left
By Tracey Thorn - 26 February 18:14

It used to feel like a school canteen full of rival gangs - now it's a civilised dining room.

Kim Gordon. Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for MOCA
Writing the end: Kim Gordon's autobiography is a thoughtful story from inside an epic band
By Kate Mossman - 26 February 14:19

Girl in a Band reaps the rewards of its introspective author with a pan-American story that will engross fans and non-fans alike.

Pages