The Goldsmiths Prize shortlisted author discusses the value of risk, the challenge of proportion, and the role of builders in contemporary thought.
In 1988, Marxism Today put out a list of "modern" and "new" things. Now, with the future of the left forcing us to radically rethink the "new times", the New Statesman has updated the list for 2016.
New comedy Damned reveals the dark humour of working in the front lines of healthcare.
Celebration of the “Hallmark holiday” is at an all-time low in the UK.
Once ridiculed for allowing anyone to edit it, Wikipedia is now the seventh most visited website in the world.
In a world too easily divided into angels and demons, Professor Snape (as played in the films by Alan Rickman) makes the case for moral ambiguity.
Sixty years on from Nancy Mitford's Noblesse Oblige, how has the language of class evolved?
The Irish writer Edna O’Brien, soon to celebrate her 85th birthday, reflects on four years spent in the company of tyrants.
What does the recent cinematic phenomenon of characters who are unexpected killers tell us about ourselves?
The boys that make up One Direction may be stunningly mediocre, but the fans are extraordinary.
What Orwell can teach us about the refugee crisis, and why literature is more than a route to self-knowledge.
The New Statesman goes behind the froth of daily headlines to look at the people and the passions shaping our world.
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