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Notes in the margin: Super Ted
By Helen Lewis - 26 May 13:11

The not-for-profit foundation dedicated to "ideas worth spreading".

Finding the holy grail of video game music
By Helen Lewis - 17 May 16:22

The composer Richard Jacques and the academic James Newman on chip tunes, orchestral soundtracks and

The NS Interview: Heston Blumenthal, chef
By Helen Lewis - 16 May 16:10

“Sucking the heads off prawns is one of life’s great pleasures”

Praise be! The PlayStation Network is back online again
By Helen Lewis - 15 May 21:42

After a three-week shutdown, I can once again play <em>Little Big Planet</em> the way nature intende

Hugh Grant: tabloid scrutiny is like living under the Stasi
By Helen Lewis - 14 May 13:21

In the wake of his <em>New Statesman</em> scoop, the actor debates privacy and superinjunctions.

Leave Doctor Who to the kids
By Helen Lewis - 12 May 13:28

The writers shouldn't have to please grumpy twentysomethings like me.

Portal 2: The best sequel since the second Godfather film.
By Helen Lewis - 12 May 13:28

Hell isn't other people: it's being a lab rat for a company that refers to a ball as an "edgeless sa

"The struggle of games writing is finding ideas that are the right size and shape"
By Helen Lewis - 09 May 18:39

Ed Stern, lead writer of the upcoming first-person shooter game <em>Brink</em>, on auteurs, bad acti

So, farewell then, 10 O'Clock Live
By Helen Lewis - 05 May 13:32

Even though I liked it, I have to admit it was a flop. But why did it fail?

"Mr President, if your hair gets any whiter, the Tea Party is going to endorse it"
By Helen Lewis - 01 May 11:54

Barack Obama pokes fun at Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner -- and gets mocked

Balancing history and fiction -- and writing that 14th draft
By Helen Lewis - 28 April 13:05

Interview with Stewart Binns, author of the historical novel <em>Conquest</em>.

The NS Interview: Russell Howard
By Helen Lewis - 27 April 12:45

“If a comedian’s naughty joke is on the front page, there’s no news”

"If you can kick it, drive it or shoot it, people will play it here": video games in the Middle East
By Helen Lewis - 26 April 19:02

An interview with the Jordan-based game developer Candide Kirk.

"I got invited to David Walliams's wedding . . . but I'd have just been on my own at the buffet"
By Helen Lewis - 25 April 14:32

A few extra bits from my interview with Russell Howard.

The politics of games -- and why there are no virtual romcoms
By Helen Lewis - 15 April 17:36

Weasel News, templars in the supreme court and socialism in <em>Fable 3</em> -- more from Naomi Alde

What's your pet hate about bad video game writing?
By Helen Lewis - 14 April 13:52

One-note characters, bad exposition and boring choices -- Naomi Alderman and David Varela give their

"It was supposed to be the opposite of a misery memoir"
By Helen Lewis - 11 April 18:15

Harold Pinter, Marie Antoinette and the Kindle -- some extra bits from my interview with Antonia Fra

Taste of a nation
By Helen Lewis - 07 April 17:11

Is there such a thing as English cuisine?

The NS Interview: Antonia Fraser
By Helen Lewis - 06 April 18:03

“The preoccupation with class is the bad side of Englishness.”

Theatre on a screen
By Helen Lewis - 31 March 13:43

What's it like to watch Danny Boyle's play <em>Frankenstein</em> at the IMAX? Pretty amazing, actual

"I vote sentimentally. James Callaghan waved at me in the 1970s"
By Helen Lewis - 25 March 15:39

From Samuel Johnson to <em>The King's Speech</em>: a few bits of my interview with Frank Skinner tha

The NS Interview: Frank Skinner
By Helen Lewis - 24 March 13:30

“People are more accepting of transvestism than Catholicism.”

Game of the year? Not for me, it wasn't . . .
By Helen Lewis - 17 March 16:12

<em>Mass Effect 2</em> is fun and polished -- but it didn't deserve to pick up the top prize at the

One man's quest to create the perfect chip
By Helen Lewis - 16 March 12:26

A dizzying story of money, obsession and the world's biggest cookbook.

Will "Tolstoy Hero" ever sound like a good idea?
By Helen Lewis - 15 March 9:54

<em>The Great Gatsby</em> game has gone viral -- but we should be grateful that game developers aren

For God's sake . . . this isn't offensive
By Helen Lewis - 04 March 12:02

The British Humanist Assocation's census campaign adverts were rejected by billboard companies. Why?

Why girls love video games – and how to deal with “griefers”
By Helen Lewis - 28 February 13:04

The full transcript of my interview with Jane McGonigal, author of <i>Reality Is Broken</i>.

Barry Norman's moving tribute to his late wife
By Helen Lewis - 12 February 12:28

The film critic on Diana, who died two weeks ago.

Can anything derail The King’s Speech?
By Helen Lewis - 12 February 11:29

On Baftas weekend, a look at this year’s blockbuster British film.

The Books Interview: Jane McGonigal
By Helen Lewis - 12 February 10:13

The author of <i>Reality Is Broken</i> on making the world better through computer games.