The family is where we learn love
By Jonathan Sacks - 02 May 7:22

Faith is the redemption of solitude.

New Statesman
What makes us human?
By Phil Jones - 02 May 7:12

Introducing a new series on the most fundamental question of all, in partnership with BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show.

Sleeping Girl.
The darkness beyond language
By Rebecca Wait - 29 April 9:38

A novelist's account of depression and the struggle to find words to describe it.

The pantomime horse
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 25 April 8:12

Jonathan Derbyshire looks back at his predecessors in the literary editor’s chair.

The New Statesman: A nursery of talent
By Claire Tomalin - 25 April 8:11

Claire Tomalin looks back on her time as an NS staffer.

Terry Pratchett, science and story telling
By A S Byatt - 25 April 7:31

The best of all possible worlds.

Like B*Witched and the SDP, I am far greater than the sum of my parts
By Susan Calman - 19 April 7:40

Playing Top Trumps inside your own head.

Absolutely Fabulous
Edmund Wilson's Words of Ill-Omen: "Superb" and "Fabulous"
By Edmund Wilson - 18 April 11:47

The American man of letters teaches you how to use words.

The simple courage of decision: a leftist tribute to Thatcher
By Slavoj Zizek - 17 April 10:55

What we need today is a Thatcher of the left: a leader who would repeat Thatcher’s gesture in the opposite direction, transforming the entire field of presuppositions shared by today’s political elite.

Artwork by Ryan Schude.
The paradox of fairness
By Jenny Diski - 09 April 9:11

Is the world a better place if the vicious suffer for their viciousness? And what exactly are just deserts?

The Great Train Robbery: Why do we have such a peculiar romantic fondness for thieves?
By Duncan Campbell - 09 April 7:13

Duncan Campbell, who knew many of the old-style robbers, explores why we all still love a villain.

Billy Graham
Edmund Wilson's Words of Ill-Omen: Religionist
By Edmund Wilson - 02 April 11:19

The American man of letters gives guidance to writers and journalists on both sides of the Atlantic.

After God: What can atheists learn from believers?
By New Statesman - 27 March 17:08

Why do religious stories continue to mean so much to so many of us, even to the self-described “new, new atheists”?

Doris Lessing: A room of one’s own
By Doris Lessing - 27 March 8:37

A writer moves house.

James Lovelock: A man for all seasons
By John Gray - 27 March 8:18

The guru of Gaia is a maverick environmentalist who supports fracking and nuclear power. Does he believe the human race has a future?

From Gethsemane to your back garden, life is full of betrayal
By Sophie Elmhirst - 26 March 11:01

Betrayal is not always a not always an act of malicious intent, or a sign of power. It can be a demonstration of weakness.

Painting of Lord Byron.
Edmund Wilson's Words of Ill-Omen: Womanizer
By Edmund Wilson - 25 March 10:28

The American man of letters on linguistic complacency and corruption either side of the Atlantic.

New Statesman
The restless spirit of Arthur Koestler
By New Statesman - 14 March 16:01

Last train to nowhere.

Power to the crafts
By Aisha Gani - 07 March 10:57

What happens when craftivism meets spirituality?

How should we mourn in the internet age?
By Gina Allum - 07 March 7:23

Ghosts in the machine.

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
Why are we so obsessed with the pursuit of authenticity?
By Steven Poole - 07 March 6:10

Take your pick: indie café or Beyoncé’s lip-syncing? We’ve become obsessed with authenticity and differences between echt and ersatz — but why bother doing anything for real if no one believes that you did?

A painting of King Richard III by an unknown artist
New evidence: Was Richard III guilty of murdering the Princes in the Tower?
By Amy Licence - 05 March 9:23

Records in Canterbury could hold a clue to the king’s role in his nephews’ demise.

What is David Livingstone's legacy, 200 years after his birth?
By Michael Barrett - 28 February 10:43

David Livingstone’s life and death in Africa helped mould the Victorian missionary myth of exploration and sparked the Scramble for Africa. Yet he was never a typical imperialist and he left a powerfully charitable legacy.

What the “brown recluse” spider can tell us about the condition of modern celebrity
By Sophie Elmhirst - 27 February 12:34

A local news channel in Evansville, Indiana recently reported a story about a family who moved into a new house in south-east Missouri and found it infested with spiders. “I’ve counted over a hundred in the house right now,” said Darren Bockhorn, the new owner.

The science of getting your own back
By Martha Gill - 15 February 7:50

Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

Norman Stone.
The many provocations of Norman Stone
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 14 February 7:45

The historian talks to Jonathan Derbyshire.

The ever-changing face of Holocaust studies
By David Cesarani - 14 February 6:56

The road to ruin.

Will Self identifies quite strongly with Peep Show's Super Hans.
You should march with the left and dine with the right, but beware of statistics
By Will Self - 14 February 6:33

Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.

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