A school playing field in Buckinghamshire. Photo: David Hawgood/Buckinghamshire school
In a far corner of the school field, we would defy gravity
By Suzanne Moore - 21 May 14:14

At the end of the chanting each of us, with two fingers only, would raise up the dead girl.

Can you live without money? Lily Cole meets the “Moneyless Man”
By Lily Cole - 22 April 15:43

Mark Boyle started to rely entirely on gifts and bartering in 2008 - cooking on an outdoor stove, washing his clothes in soapwort, and using the Daily Mail as loo paper. He tells Lily Cole why he loved it. 

A detail of Otto Dix's portrait of the psychiatrist Dr Heinrich Stadelmann (1922) Picture: Art Gallery of Ontario/Bridgeman Images
Walking wounded: our often barbaric struggle to cure mental illness
By John Gray - 16 April 16:35

Insanity was "a disease of civilisation".

Braine is best known as the author of Room at the Top. Photo: Rex
From the archive: John Braine's portrait of a provincial intellectual
By John Braine - 16 April 15:19

In their home-town, no one ever talked about anything except wool.

“The sex industry is f***ing diabolical”: Artist Sam Roddick on the modern politics of sex
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 March 16:59

The sex workers’ rights activist and artist calls on the government to protect the sex industry, as her new exhibition on objectification explores society's sexual failings.

The Irish identity crisis: why St Patrick's Day is an odd holiday
By Oliver Farry - 17 March 10:20

For such a small country, there is far too great a divergence within it to attempt to define a quintessential Ireland.

From brutalism to Borgen to blogging: how the language of cities has changed
By Oliver Farry - 09 March 13:45

Do you speak urbanism? The way we read and write in the language of cities has transformed.

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.