What ever happened to snuff?
By Ben Duckworth - 05 September 12:58

Snuff hit Britain at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Ben Duckworth discovers that it never really left.

Terry Pratchett.
Watch: Terry Pratchett, A S Byatt and Terry Eagleton on fantasy, fiction and desire
By New Statesman - 03 September 16:00

What can fantasy tell us about the ways in which we perceive reality? Terry Pratchett, A S Byatt and Terry Eagleton discuss fantasy as a vast and powerful mode of thought.

Was the downfall of Richard III caused by a strawberry?
By Amy Licence - 31 August 9:23

The king's actions in the summer of 1483, when he unexpectedly put aside his twelve-year-old nephew and became King of England, are considered to be out of character. Could a food allergy have triggered the series of events that lead to the fall of the Ho

New Statesman
Learning how to live
By Jenny Diski - 22 August 10:30

Why do we find free time so terrifying? Why is a dedication to work, no matter how physically destructive and ultimately pointless, considered a virtue? Jenny Diski urges you to down tools while you can.

Tortoise.
The tortoise knows it’s what’s inside that counts
By Ruth Padel - 22 August 6:10

In our Nature column, poet Ruth Padel considers the tortoise - the animal which refuses to be read.

Hackney Fashion Hub: A parallel universe of tourist wealth, launching in 2014
By Michaela Young - 15 August 10:20

A tsunami-sized wall of cash is heading to Morning Lane, a shabby thoroughfare in Hackney - but who will benefit from it?

Mother and child.
Birth stories: how science is changing parenthood
By Rachel Bowlby - 15 August 7:00

Over the course of the 20th century, children became more of an active choice than a post-marital expectation. Rachel Bowlby explores the influence science has made in offering a new range of parental types.

On narcissim: the mirror and the self
By Rachel Cusk - 03 August 11:35

People from Tiger Woods to the Obamas are routinely denounced for their narcissism. But what does the word really mean and are there good as well as bad types of self-love?

Illustration by Ralph Steadman.
In praise of pessimism
By Will Self - 29 July 11:00

Who needs the politics and mindset of “jam tomorrow”, asks Will Self, when you can adopt a sensibly pessimistic attitude and live by the principle of “shit happens, but until it does, make hay”?

Katie Roiphe interview: "There is a lot of unexamined feminist outrage against other women"
By Helen Lewis - 25 July 8:17

Helen Lewis talks to Katie Roiphe, columnist and author, most recently of <em>In Praise of Messy Lives</em>.

The Echus Chasma, one of the largest water source regions on Mars
Gods and monsters
By P D James - 25 July 8:12

The ability to ask the question "What makes us human?" is what makes us human, argues P D James.

New Statesman
Generation Peak-Teen
By Danny Dorling - 25 July 8:02

The global peak year for births was 1990. Now the number of babies being born is falling. What does this mean for the world as we know it?

A portrait of D H Lawrence by Edward Weston, 1924
D H Lawrence: A Letter from Germany
By D H Lawrence - 24 July 11:42

"We have brought it about ourselves—by a Ruhr occupation, by an English nullity, and by a German false will. We have done it ourselves. But apparently it was not to be helped."

Odds on baby names.
The last of the royal Lionels: The peculiar names of would-be Kings
By Richard Pedersen - 23 July 18:16

George might be the favourite name for the new royal, but how about a Eustace, Alfonso or Arthur? He wouldn't be our first.

Portraits of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in the National Portrait Gallery
Forgotten by history: the royal babies you've never heard of
By Amy Licence - 23 July 12:20

Amy Licence reminds us of the royal children who shaped the course of history, only to recede into obscurity.

Remembering Vicky, the Queen Britain never had
By Elizabeth Norton - 23 July 8:58

Elizabeth Norton looks back to another highly-anticipated royal birth - that of Queen Victoria's eldest child.

Today’s teenagers are smarter, tougher and braver than my generation – and yours, too
By Laurie Penny - 19 July 8:58

Almost every time I speak to teenagers, particularly to young female students who want to talk to me about feminism, I find myself staggered by how much they have read, how creatively they think and how curiously bullshit-resistant they are.

Moscow.
The Stalin-Wells Talk: The interview that defined the post-war British left
By Matthew Taunton - 18 July 12:45

In 1934 H G Wells interviewed Joseph Stalin in Moscow. The fallout from the meeting led to a battle between three intellectual powerhouses - Shaw, Keynes and Wells - each of whom argued for their own vision of socialism in the UK.

New Romantics outside a shop.
Rehabilitating the 1980s: The decade of dressing up
By Dylan Jones - 18 July 8:15

Filofaxes, crushed-velvet miniskirts and supermodels: the 1980s have long had a pretty poor reputation. But the further away we get, the more interesting and complicated those years seem. It's time for a reassessment.

New Statesman
What Machiavelli knew
By John Gray - 18 July 8:13

It’s a delusion to believe, as the western powers do, that law can ever supplant politics. And in politics, achievable and worthwhile ends justify the means.

New Statesman
Alain de Botton: Education is what makes us fully human
By Alain de Botton - 18 July 7:30

Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Alain de Botton attacks the notion only skills, not wisdom, can be taught. This is a mistake, he argues. Philosophy, literature, history, art and film can prepare us for life's most difficult challenges.

New Statesman
The panopticons of Cuba
By Alex Hern - 16 July 9:27

In a few places, Bentham's vision was realised. Then it became commonplace.

A boy lifts used cabling in Ghana.
Alexei Sayle on what makes us human: We need to realise that the best things in life are not things
By Alexei Sayle - 10 July 8:00

Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Alexei Sayle reflects on the time Paul McKenna planted a suicidal post-hypnotic suggestion in his brain, and how our restlessness has been exploited to devastating effect.

New Statesman
George Osborne's phrasing on the welfare cuts is sly
By Martha Gill - 27 June 17:47

Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.

Leader: Mackenzie, a great Statesman
By New Statesman - 26 June 8:32

Norman MacKenzie, who died this week, was the last, cherished link with the old world of Orwell’s London and Kingsley Martin’s <em>New Statesman</em>.

Guilt, prayer, love and worship
By Rt Rev James Jones - 20 June 8:44

Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, the Right Reverend James Jones, Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, explores our moral and spiritual instincts, our need to love and our spontaneous expressions of reverence.

What makes us human: In each other’s shadow
By Mary Robinson - 14 June 13:57

This week, in our series in partnership with BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson argues that our shared responsibility to each other and to future generations is what distinguishes us.

Benjamin Britten.
Notes from a cardiologist: Unravelling the mystery of Benjamin Britten’s heart
By Hywel Davies - 14 June 9:00

Cardiologist Hywel Davies describes the origins of the syphilis claim from Paul Kildea's biography of Benjamin Britten, which began as an "ordinary conversation" in a colleague's house in the late 1980s.

New Statesman
Three things feminists need to stop talking about
By Martha Gill - 13 June 10:30

Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

New Statesman
Passive Pawn or Lady Macbeth: Who was Richard III's queen?
By Amy Licence - 11 June 9:48

Dead by the age of 28, Anne Neville didn’t leave much of a paper trail. Who was this woman who stood so close to the king, yet seems so distant today?

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