E L Doctorow in 2007. Photo: Getty
E L Doctorow and the limits of historical fiction
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 24 July 11:45

What do J P Morgan, Sigmund Freud and Kim Kardashian all have in common with E L Doctorow? A hazy relationship between fact and fiction, that's what.

Illustration: Simon Pemberton for New Statesman
The internet is not a single entity - it's a whole new way of living
By Josh Cohen - 17 July 15:07

Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen untangles our complex "ways of being" in an overwhelmingly digital world.

The artwork An Oak Tree. Photo: YouTube screengrab/TateShots: Michael Craig-Martin/Tate
Can a glass of water also be an oak tree?
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 15 July 16:56

Why when one creative claims to turn his glass into an oak tree, we accept it as a heart-breaking reaction to loss, and when another does the same, it's confusingly pointless?

This guy tries to find a date by walking around, asking women out. Photo: Still from "Offline Dating", by Samuel Abrahams
Whether it's online or offline dating, why is it such a taboo for women to say "No"?
By Sarah Ditum - 15 July 15:07

A video showing a man trying to bag a good, old-fashioned "offline date" by marching up to women in the street to ask them out has gone viral, but it's more disturbing than heartwarming.

A football in a grassy field as the sun sets. Photo: Flickr/Katie Brady
It's time the green movement left its earnest, middle-class ghetto and enjoyed some football
By Pete May - 13 July 15:40

The overwhelming need to prevent planetary meltdown gets translated into overwhelming earnestness and a lack of ability to do human.

Vivienne Westwood at a fashion event. Photo: Getty
Anarchy in Wonderland: Vivienne Westwood's anti-capitalist take on Alice's Adventures
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 13 July 14:45

Vivienne Westwood's 150th anniversary edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland calls for an end to capitalism, and captures the book in an age of political mistrust.

A pair of brown brogues. Photo: Flickr/SPERA.de Designerschuhe, Taschen und Accessoires
Will walking in the shoes of a Syrian refugee or an Etonian help you empathise? Roman Krznaric thinks so
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 09 July 16:25

Roman Krznaric speaks about his new project, the Empathy Museum, and why he believes it has the power to make visitors more empathetic.

A visitor takes a look at 'Self-Portrait with Monkeys' (1938) Photo: Getty
What Frida Kahlo can teach us about the art of the selfie
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 09 July 9:38

Her self-portraits have never felt so relevant.

Azealia Banks singing. Photo:Getty
From Nina Simone to Azealia Banks: female singers who aren't afraid to swear
By Liv Constable-Maxwell - 07 July 11:58

The new documentary What’s Happened, Miss Simone makes an interesting point about the power of women singers using swear words.

A silhouette of a man in front of a giant Apple logo. Photo: Getty
The Evil Genius theory: do you have to be a nightmare to be truly innovative?
By Alix Christie - 19 June 11:48

From Johann Gutenberg to Steve Jobs, extraordinary creativity is so often coupled with callous disregard for others.

"Homesickness is a feeling of wanting to be back with our tribe." Photo: Samuel Bradley.
Homesick in the modern world
By John Osborne - 19 June 10:08

What does it mean to be homesick in 2015? Does technology help or hinder us when we move to a new place? John Osborne revisits his past to find out.

Onward, Christian soldiers: preparing to perk up Oxford Street. Photo: Tom Pilston for New Statesman
As the Salvation Army turns 150, what role does it have to play in secular society?
By Martin Fletcher - 18 June 12:21

Faith is still central and the Army’s attitudes to social issues haven't changed greatly. But some of its members want to do more.

The art of attention: Berger has spent much of his life interrogating what it is to see, feel and to “separate fact and imagination”. Photo: FRANCK COURTÈS/AGENCE VU
“I think the dead are with us”: John Berger at 88
By Philip Maughan - 11 June 8:56

The life and work of John Berger represents a challenge. How to describe a writer whose bibliography contains ten “novels”, four “plays”, three collections of “poetry” and 33 books labelled “other”?

The poet Craig Raine, whose "Gatwick" started a twitter storm. Photo courtesy the author
"Of course, the stupid are always with us": Craig Raine defends his Gatwick poem
By Craig Raine - 10 June 16:13

I realise the purpose is to make me feel like a war criminal. Sorry, tweeters, I don’t.

Lyrics accompanying a city symphony: street names help us do more than just find our way
By Oliver Farry - 05 June 16:16

Street names tell of a city's character and story, rather than simply being a function to help us get around.

People look at the four surviving original parchment engrossments of the 1215 Magna Carta. Photo: Matt Dunham/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Owen Jones on Magna Carta: a striking example of useful myths
By Owen Jones - 05 June 14:58

I’m no Magna Carta fanboy, but many revolutionaries appropriated the document to legitimise their causes.

Andrew O'Neill: the problem with having fans is some of them are pricks. Photo: Steve Ullathorne
Andrew O’Neill: I hate my smug, right-on fans
By Andrew O’Neill - 04 June 15:31

When I was growing up it was the Christian right that wanted things censored. Now it’s an authoritarian tendency within the left. Among my fans!

Anti-Conservative protesters. Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty
What's wrong with political correctness?
By Laurie Penny - 01 June 15:07

It’s easy to criticise call-out culture. It’s harder to look into your own heart and ask if you can do better.

Amanda Palmer: Playing the Hitler Card
By Amanda Palmer - 01 June 13:07

We live in an age of endless, foaming outrage. The only answer is to try to feel empathy for other people, no matter who they are.

An Occupy protester argues with a counter-demonstrator. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
Alain de Botton: How to disagree (without starting World War Three)
By Alain de Botton - 01 June 12:20

We might fantasise about universal harmony, but vicious disagreement is not going to go away by itself. We need to learn how to disagree well.

Acting in pornography is tough work and needs to be properly paid. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
What porn actors don’t talk about
By Stoya - 01 June 12:12

Having sex in front of cameras is tough work. We need to discuss how much actors should be paid for it.

David Byrne, who is curating the Southbank Centre's Meltdown festival. Photo: CHALKIE DAVIES/GETTY IMAGES
David Byrne: a great curator beats any big company's algorithm
By David Byrne - 01 June 11:49

The Talking Heads member on curating the Southbank Centre's Meltdown festival, the unfairness of book awards, and why the best line-ups surprise.

Neil Gaiman: Credo
By Neil Gaiman - 29 May 9:17

What I believe.

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.