Democracy, according to the Greeks
By Mary Beard - 14 October 9:26

Many modern historians have a rose-tinted view of ancient Athenian democracy. But behind the show of

The NS Interview: Tracy Emin
By Sophie Elmhirst - 14 October 9:21

"I don’t need a life model, I am my life model”

Gore Vidal interviewed by Melvyn Bragg
By Melvyn Bragg - 14 October 9:15

Melvyn Bragg talks to one of the great men of American letters about politics, literature and living.

Finishing schools for gilded youth?
By Chris Bertram - 13 October 11:08

Arts and humanities after the Browne review.

Leader: Voices from the Great World
By Melvyn Bragg - 07 October 8:09

We got a copy of the New Statesman at my grammar school in Wigton, Cumbria, in the 1950s. It sat mint fresh every week on the library table, with two or three other bargain-offer magazines.

Ed quietly takes up Tony’s mantle
By Simon Reid-Henry - 01 October 16:08

Tony Judt’s, that is.

Word Games: Austerity
By Sophie Elmhirst - 24 September 12:49

Autumn: season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and the party conference. If there's one thing a party conference is not, it's mellow. More like: sweaty, gossipy, overpopulated, guff-prone and ego-fuelled.

Edmund Wilson and the persistence of hope
By Lesley Chamberlain - 23 September 9:58

The American critic’s masterpiece on the roots of communism — <em>To the Finland Station</em> — cont

By Sophie Elmhirst - 17 September 9:17

Not any kind of tapping. Phone-tapping. Pour shame on my head, I get quite excited by the idea of phone-tapping.

Great Ideas - Series Five
By Robert Hanks - 13 September 8:25

The idealistic view of Great Ideas - slim paperback volumes of philosophy, polemic, essays, belles-lettres - is that the existence of the series demonstrates that Penguin has not abandoned Allen Lane's notion, now 75

What Ever Happened to Modernism?
By Michael Sayeau - 13 September 8:25

It's been a long time since a work of academic literary criticism has generated the buzz of newspaper-driven controversy, but Gabriel Josipovici's What Ever Happened to Modernism? seems to have broken the media embarg

Human Chain
By Jeremy Noel-Tod - 13 September 8:25

In Sense and Sensibility, the favourite poet of passionate young Marianne Dashwood is William Cowper. His "beautiful lines", she declares, have "frequently almost driven me wild".

I'm game if you are
By Michael Brooks - 09 September 8:15

Pairing people off can have some nasty and unexpected side effects. Occasionally, it works: Torvill and Dean spring to mind, as do Crick and Watson.

Matt Ridley on John Gray
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 08 September 18:50

Former Northern Rock chairman responds to the NS's lead book reviewer.

What if . . . The Liberals hadn't split
By Dominic Sandbrook - 07 September 8:56

Reading a review copy of Roy Hattersley's new life of David Lloyd George last week, I fell to wondering whether history could have worked out differently.

Laurie Penny on The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo: Girls, tattoos and men who hate women
By Laurie Penny - 05 September 11:47

The real problem with sensationalising misogyny is that misogyny is not sensational.

The social democracy of fear
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 04 September 13:12

John Gray on Ralph Miliband.

By Sophie Elmhirst - 03 September 10:16

My iPhone broke, so I went to the Genius Bar at the Apple store. (Too much brand terminology; my apologies.) They're not shy, Apple, are they?

There’s nowt so queer as folk revivalists
By Will Self - 30 August 11:07

Broadstairs, the Isle of Thanet, a frowsty sort of an evening in early August, with shadows forming within shadows down the high street - a run of chip shops, chain stores and charity shops that steepens into a ski jump, which

By Sophie Elmhirst - 30 August 11:03

Decisiveness is generally well regarded, as character traits go. It denotes maturity and leadership.

Who was Ralph Miliband?
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 30 August 9:55

Ed and David Miliband's father is remembered as a great teacher, devoted to politics as a means of creating social justice, instrumental to the development of the British left.

Something in the water
By Michael Brooks - 26 August 8:21

The astronomer Arthur Eddington once pointed out that where most people see a coffee table, physicists see an area of empty space criss-crossed by ghostly subatomic particles whose electrical and magnetic fields keep books and

By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 August 12:54

Don't mess with our Becks!

Unconditional income and republican freedom
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 16 August 12:08

Stuart White on "social democracy plus".

Persecution of the geeks
By Michael Barrett - 16 August 9:17

When a lad turned up at my comprehensive school in deepest Essex in the late 1970s and claimed a strong interest in mathematics, he was immediately nicknamed "Pillock" and remorselessly bullied until he moved on.

The genes don’t fit
By Oliver James - 16 August 9:12

It’s lazy to assume that our health and happiness are moulded more by genetic inheritance than by th

20 new ideas in science
By Michael Brooks - 16 August 9:04

Today’s most cutting-edge scientific thinking: from switching off ageing to “enhancing” our babies;

Dog days
By Sophie Elmhirst - 13 August 9:26

We're in them. Right now. The dog days are all around us.

Down with the masters in lab coats
By Susan Greenfield - 13 August 9:20

It’s time male scientists stopped hogging all the power in experimentation, funding and research and

The NS Interview: Colin Blakemore
By Sophie Elmhirst - 13 August 9:17

“It’s touch and go whether we humans will outlive the century” - Colin Blakemore, neuroscientist