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Children from St Joseph's School, Nottingham, try out “Mission Control” – one of the games at the new National Videogame Arcade. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
The cultural importance of the video game arcade
By Simon Parkin - 27 March 17:25

Once upon a time the arcade was the only place in which the video game could be encountered. Now that games are more often found in our homes and pockets, the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham hopes to give games a physical venue again.

Bette Davis, smoking. Photo: STF/AFP/Getty Images
I only have the occasional fag and I don’t long for nicotine – it’s the society of smoking that I crave
By Suzanne Moore - 27 March 14:50

Smoking for David? It could only be Hockney. Smoker extraordinaire, and not a bad painter either.

Grin and bear it: the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, in Essex in February 2015. Photo: PETER MACDIARMID/GETTY IMAGES
Planes, pains and automobiles: the memoir-manifestos by Caroline Lucas and Nigel Farage
By Ann Treneman - 27 March 14:37

New autobiographies by Nigel Farage and Caroline Lucas get a kick out of calling themselves "outsiders". The truth? They want your votes.

Hegel, in a 19th century portrait. Image: WikiCommons
Slavoj Žižek: A modest rejoinder
By Slavoj Zizek - 27 March 14:24

“Although I am far from a well-meaning liberal, I simply cannot recognise myself in the lunatic-destructive figure described by Cohen.”

Let's get it on. Where "it" is a lawsuit. Photo: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images
Tracey Thorn: Your songs are like your children – you have to wave them off into the world
By Tracey Thorn - 27 March 14:20

Copyright law encourages artists to feel they're in control of what they've made. But in reality, a song is a different thing once it leaves its creator.

In the Frame: The Grand Passive Aggressive Watergate Hotel
By Tom Humberstone - 27 March 12:13

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Into the arms of space: flying used to be rare and splendid
How to fly a plane (safely): Erica Wagner rediscovers flight's wonder with a BA pilot
By Erica Wagner - 27 March 11:17

Mark Vanhoenacker's Skyfaring reminds us of the magic of aviation.

Narendra Modi during a live 3D hologram telecast in Mumbai, April 2014
The Modi Effect: how India elected a hologram
By Raghu Karnad - 27 March 11:00

A New Labour spin doctor's account of a record-breaking election campaign.

Saving grace: Cara Delevingne as Melanie.
Winterbottom’s Face of an Angel is an idea masquerading as a movie
By Ryan Gilbey - 26 March 15:35

Cara Delevingne stars in the latest film from director Michael Winterbottom, which takes its inspiration from the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Three colours: Cameron (Mark Dexter), Clegg (Bertie Carvel) and Brown (Ian Grieve)
As this government comes to a close, Rachel Cooke is glued to Channel 4's Coalition
By Rachel Cooke - 26 March 15:34

James Graham's mischevous account of the heady days following the last election is Where’s Wally? for people who watch Newsnight.

Maximum exposure: Rita Hayworth plays the femme fatale in Gilda (1946)
Sex, lies and videotape: Barry Forshaw's Sex and Film lays bare the erotic traditions of cinema
By Jane Shilling - 26 March 15:32

Sex and Film: the Erotic in British, American and World Cinema is a survey of sex on celluloid, from Tarzan to Fifty Shades of Grey.

Live through this: Jenny Erpenbeck's new novel makes us question death - and life
By Neel Mukherjee - 26 March 15:30

The End of Days kills its protagonist five times in a novel grounded in the turbulence of 20th-century Europe.

The kids are alright. Photo: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
Generation why: Georgia Gould's Wasted shows an alternative view of Britain's youth
By Owen Jones - 26 March 15:30

Young people are characterised as apathetic and wasteful; but the young drink less and commit less crime. Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future reveals the truth.

Born to rule: Public schools remain a closed shop, expanding only to cater for an increasingly global elite. Photo: PETER MARLOW/MAGNUM PHOTOS. MARTIN PARR
The Old Boys: Classroom to boardroom, public schools excel in lessons of power
By Peter Wilby - 26 March 15:28

For many, public schools represent an ongoing problem in the battle for equality. But what can be done to level the playing field? A new book by David Turner considers the ongoing hold of the private system.

An illustration from beautiful birds.
Secrets beyond the door: the best children's fiction for Easter
By Amanda Craig - 26 March 15:28

Amanda Craig picks the best children’s books for spring.