The Goldsmiths Prize shortlisted author discusses the value of risk, the challenge of proportion, and the role of builders in contemporary thought.
On Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday, he will be revered as the genius of musical theatre. But his failures are just as fascinating as his successes.
New voices join old friends in our selection of the best poems published in the New Statesman over the past 12 months.
A N Wilson's book reveals the surprisingly diverse tastes of this quintessential English monarch.
A new exhibition at Lille's Palais des Beaux-Arts reveals the life of an ancient image-maker.
The smart, insightful and oddly underrated US actor Ethan Hawke on first meeting River Phoenix, the Sony hacking crisis and “the beauty of censorship”.
The new year already offers the promise of Tilda Swinton in a fetching wig and the scariest film since Halloween. What's not to like?
Down and Out with Nicholas Lezard.
Even I willingly acknowledge that the damage to the vineyards of Champagne was one of the lesser tragedies of the First World War.
NS pop critic Kate Mossman talks to the former Sex Pistol about Ed Miliband, Ukip and “men’s dangly bits”.
Children get the best TV this year, says Rachel Cooke.
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