27 Harry Potter terms defined (by someone who has also never read Harry Potter).
Antonia Quirke rounds up the best of the New Year's radio, including War and Peace and The Supernatural North.
The paintings are anything but dry in Frederick Wiseman's documentary about the London gallery.
Elections, empires and the "extreme present" in culture editor Tom Gatti's guide to the coming literary year.
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 new exhibition at Lille's Palais des Beaux-Arts reveals the life of an ancient image-maker.
A N Wilson's book reveals the surprisingly diverse tastes of this quintessential English monarch.
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.