Latitude 2014. Photo: Carys Lavin
Latitude Festival announces 2015 line-up: alt-J, Portishead, Noel Gallagher
By New Statesman - 03 March 12:03

The music and arts festival reveals this year's line-up.

The relentless cheerleading of the internet dulls our wits.
The happiness conspiracy: against optimism and the cult of positive thinking
By Bryan Appleyard - 26 February 10:20

Pessimism gets a bad press, but compulsory positive thinking can be brutally enforced.

Robert Lynd: In Defence of Pink
By Robert Lynd - 24 February 10:06

In this article, first published in the New Statesman in 1936, Irish essayist Robert Lynd responds to an attack on the colour pink by G K Chesterton, saying “as a lover of pink I cannot let this pass without a protest”.

John Maynard Keynes. Photo: Tim Gidal/Picture Post/Getty
Virtuous vices: our mutable notions of good and bad
By John Gray - 16 January 13:48

From jealousy to cowardice to greed, the power of vices is to inspire virtue.

If you want to be a male feminist, start listening to your mother
By Will Brooker - 16 January 9:36

For too long, I was self-centred enough to never have thought of my mother as someone with a richer and more fascinating life than my own.

Andrew Marr: It is the urge to create that makes us human
By Andrew Marr - 15 January 10:00

Changing the world around us gives us our humanity.

Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry: The rise and fall of Default Man
By Grayson Perry - 08 October 7:01

How did the straight, white, middle-class Default Man take control of our society – and how can he be dethroned?

Brave new world: Soviet art, titled Nothing in the World Is More Beautiful Than the Bronze of the Muscles and the Freshness of the Skin. Image: Nikolai Ivanovich Tereschenko (1924-2005)/Gamborg Collection/Bridgeman Images
A manifesto for the new man: how the Great White Male can stay relevant
By New Statesman - 08 October 6:48

The days of the Great White Male are numbered. So how should men live now? Stephen Fry, Mary Beard, Andrew Marr, Margaret Atwood and others offer their survival tips.

His atheism is its own kind of narrow religion.
The closed mind of Richard Dawkins
By John Gray - 04 October 16:01

His atheism is its own kind of narrow religion.

There isn't just one kind of love in the world. Photo: Getty
Will Self: Why love is a many-splendored thing
By Will Self - 02 October 8:26

The dog-bound hordes on the road to Cheshire got me thinking about this thing called love.

Turning off the news churn provides the space to think, learn and write. Photo: Getty
Is it possible to live a modern contemplative life?
By Margaret Corvid - 24 September 9:47

It has taken years of patient self reflection to realise that my obsessive reading of the news was eroding my well being.

An aerial view of London at night. Photo: Getty
Will Self: If you want to see London with completely new eyes, take a night-hike out of town
By Will Self - 18 September 8:09

We sought out the high point, and there it was: the panorama we’d been seeking.

A painting of Richard III by an unknown artist in the National Portrait Gallery. Photo: Getty
How Richard III really died
By Sarah Hainsworth - 17 September 10:06

Nine blows to the head and then he was gone: modern forensic techniques applied to the newly-discovered skeleton of Richard III have been able to suggest how he died for the first time.

The power of progress: Paul Delaroche’s The Conquerors of the Bastille Before the Hôtel de Ville in 1789 (1839). Photo: Musée de la Ville de Paris, Musée du Petit-Palais, France/Bridgeman Images
How liberalism lost its way
By David Marquand - 17 September 9:33

What happened to a defining world-view? David Marquand examines the religious roots of an ideology.

Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong'o. Photo: Getty
The challenge for the next century: how to stay virtuous when no one will know if you’re being naughty
By Helen Lewis - 15 September 13:33

From Google searches to dating websites, the rise of Big Data is showing us just how huge a gulf there is between what people say they want - and what they secretly desire. Who are we when no one's looking?

Princes Harry and William on Christmas Day, 2013. Photo: Getty
Deadly rival or comic relief: the dilemmas of the spare heir
By Amy Licence - 09 September 12:05

Being a second-born royal can be a difficult path to walk – often, it seems to be the sibling’s job to make the mistakes the heir cannot risk.

Singers and dancers perform to Pharrell William's 'Happy' during celebrations at Universal Studios. Photo: Getty
The book that will make you quit your job
By Sophie McBain - 02 September 12:30

Paul Dolan believes all humans strive for happiness, which he defines as a combination of pleasure and a sense of purpose. The problem is that we are often very bad at maximising our own well-being.

A woman pushing a pram walks through a park. Photo: Getty
Working mums shouldn’t have to be superhuman – employers need to be better
By Glosswitch - 15 August 10:24

It’s not a matter of whether a woman is at work or in the home; it’s a matter of identifying this huge, never-ending array of tasks which somehow, magically, get done, usually at a huge cost to women.

Magic number: a bar owner celebrates his big win near Barcelona, 2010
The day I (almost) won the lottery in Spain
By William Cook - 14 August 10:00

William Cook was on his way to buy a ticket for “El Gordo” in a small town in Tenerife but changed his mind at the last minute. It’s a decision he’s lived to regret. 

Laughter can have an electrifying life force but is not linked to our day-to-day survival. Photo: Bim Hjortronsteen/Millennium Images
What makes us human? Our innate curiosity and our ability to laugh
By John Lloyd - 01 August 10:00

People have been wondering what stuff is made of since the beginning of time. Antelopes, by contrast, haven’t, writes John Lloyd. 

Fans waiting for the Beatles in Paris in 1965. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Is this the Year of the Fan?
By Elizabeth Minkel - 31 July 11:32

Introducing her new column on fan culture for the NS, Elizabeth Minkel explains why 2014 feels like a turning point in the appreciation of how people who love something interact.

A look back: Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey ahead of his sentencing, 4 July. Photo: Getty
Hacks in the dock: Duncan Campbell on the history of jailed journalists
By Duncan Campbell - 31 July 11:25

What means, legal or illegal, are justified by what ends? And how has the law treated the British journalist over the years?

Relative value: chimps may be the only other animals on the planet that know instinctively that life is finite. Photo: Peter Eriksson
William Boyd: how mortality shapes our existence
By William Boyd - 17 July 10:00

What makes our species unique is that we know we are trapped in time, caught briefly between the prenatal darkness and the posthumous one. 

Illustration: Ciara Phelan for the New Statesman
Think before you act: against the modern cult of spontaneity
By Steven Poole - 16 July 10:00

Truly living in the moment and being utterly spontaneous would render you unable to make and keep promises, or to formulate any kind of plan for helping yourself or others.

 An apparition causes havoc by menacing two people in their kitchen. From the London Stereoscopic Company Comic Series, 1865/Getty Images
I was a die-hard sceptic, but then I saw a poltergeist
By Margaret Corvid - 11 July 14:15

I was too stunned to be scared, but I remember the sense of conviction; surely, it was a poltergeist. Why had a supernatural being decided to show itself to me, a Marxist, who does not believe in ghosts?

Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner in Frances Ha.
Grown women don’t need to have a “best friend”
By Alice Robb - 11 July 9:40

If “best friendship” is on the rise, what does it mean?

“We carry with us layers of previous generations, in manners, in language, in habits.” Photograph: Alexey Blagutin/Millennium Images
After God: how to fill the faith-shaped hole in modern life
By New Statesman - 08 July 10:31

Religion used to define our seasons and our days. But now that it’s in decline in the west, what rituals can take its place? Rowan Williams, Melvyn Bragg, Lucy Winkett, Robin Ince, Vicky Beeching and Julian Baggini try to answer that question.

Hapsburg heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Countess Sophie.
Who was Franz Ferdinand?
By Simon Winder - 28 June 9:54

The Habsburg heir was a rose-fancying, pious man, fond of hunting and above all his family – yet his assassination a hundred years ago led to the fall of empires.

Resplendent in high boots, leather and latex, the dominatrix continues to influence trendsetters. Photo: Getty
How the Nordic Model will close the door on the professional dominatrix
By Margaret Corvid - 16 June 16:21

Under the Nordic Model – which criminalises the clients of sex workers – the role of the dominatrix, which is as classically British as that of a steam train conductor, will be greatly changed and diminished.

Sense of duty: Martin Bromiley founded the Clinical Human Factors Group to bring change to the NHS. Photo: Muir Vidler
How mistakes can save lives: one man’s mission to revolutionise the NHS
By Ian Leslie - 04 June 10:00

After the death of his wife following a minor operation, airline pilot Martin Bromiley set out to change the way medicine is practised in the UK  – by using his knowledge of plane crashes.