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The Booker and Goldsmiths shortlists combined.
All must have prizes! How the Goldsmiths and Folio awards are changing the literary landscape
By Leo Robson - 01 October 11:00

Two new prizes are making fresh demands of fiction – and the Booker is taking note, writes Leo Robson.

The shortlist for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize has been announced
By Critic - 01 October 6:00

The award for “fiction at its most novel” returns for its second year.

Job seekers.
“Innocent, gullible, and blinded by illusions”: Honoré de Balzac on the misery of interns in 1841
By Philip Maughan - 29 September 11:20

“There are two types of interns: poor ones and rich ones. The poor intern has pockets full of hope and needs a permanent position; the rich intern is unmotivated and wants for nothing.”

© Laura Dodsworth
Bare Reality: Breasts are an integral part of my identity as a woman
By Bare Reality - 29 September 9:05

An excerpt from Bare Reality, a project to further understanding of how women really feel about their breasts, and how they really look.

Opening Night Performance of 'King Lear' at Delacorte Theater on August 5, 2014 in New York City
Why is there still a gender imbalance in theatre?
By Alexander Woolley - 26 September 16:27

Most audience members are female, but actresses and female writers are having a tough time.

City that never sleeps: New York's Time Square in 1980. Photo: Getty
Suzanne Moore: Strawberry cheesecake, sex motels and the blonde with a heart of darkness
By Suzanne Moore - 26 September 15:22

In the first instalment of her new column for the New Statesman, Suzanne Moore recalls wild times with a dangerously alluring friend in early-1980s New York.

In the Frame: The End Game
By Tom Humberstone - 26 September 12:58

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Illustration by Jackson Rees
Will Self: Whoever came up with Duck and Waffle’s menu is some kind of twisted genius
By Will Self - 26 September 12:28

This is perfect comfort food for those who’re feeling vertiginous as they contemplate the giddy extent of the ever-inflating London property bubble.

Karl Miller, former literary editor of the NS, who has died aged 83
Great Scot: Karl Miller’s pilgrimage through the London literary world
By Leo Robson - 26 September 11:43

The editor, critic and writer, who was literary editor of the New Statesman in the 1960s, head of English at UCL and founded the London Review of Books, has died, aged 83.

On the road: traffic on a main route into London near Canary Wharf. Photo: Getty
Tracey Thorn: Driving made me a nervous wreck – now I walk everywhere
By Tracey Thorn - 25 September 17:30

Luckily the accident wasn’t fatal, or even injurious, but it was final, an absolute bitter end. When I got home I put my car keys in the fruit bowl to make clear I would never be needing them again.

Fading icon: Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) stars in Cronenberg’s satire.
David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars sees Hollywood as a disease
By Ryan Gilbey - 25 September 17:11

Maps to the Stars places elements of ghost story, black comedy and Hollywood satire in a screwball framework.

Mummy’s mucky boy: Maxine Peake as Hamlet. Photo: Jonathan Keenan
Mark Lawson: Maxine Peake’s Hamlet – when theatre goes gender-blind
By Mark Lawson - 25 September 17:01

Maxine Peake talks on the Prince of Denmark in a new production at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

U2 performing at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival. Photo: Getty
With so much “stuff” out there in the world, can we still tell what is art and what isn’t?
By Oliver Farry - 25 September 16:11

From U2’s forcedly ubiquitous new album to “rediscovered” paintings from centuries ago, we are surrounded by things that lose and gain artistic status according to their context.

Unity, Diana and Nancy Mitford in 1932. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Why the Mitford sisters were the Kardashians of their day
By Hope Whitmore - 25 September 14:12

These beautiful, wayward young women, who caused such scandal in their time, were the reality stars of their day, providing plentiful fodder for the papers, society magazines and gossip rags.

Detail from Head and Heart: a painting by the German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon, who died in Auschwitz
Glow in the dark: how history’s boldest women embraced vulnerability
By Melissa Benn - 25 September 11:33

Melissa Benn reviews two new books about remarkable 20th-century women – from Emmeline Pankhurst to Marilyn Monroe.