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.

What if you feel sorry for the people you're shooting? The ethics of game heroes
By Phil Hartup - 13 February 12:35

Games are not films: if a player is going to invest in a character's actions, they need to have a chance to do the right thing.

Nobody Remembers Their First Kill: the importance of video game violence
By Simon Parkin - 12 February 9:50

Violence isn't unique to cinema or games - they're just the latest recruit to the aftermath blame tradition.

Leader: The king is dead
By New Statesman - 07 February 9:22

The announcement that the human remains found beneath a car park in Leicester were those of Richard III excited great interest.

New Statesman
The penniless exiles of Soho
By Yo Zushi - 07 February 5:35

A farewell to Soho Pam, the local beggar Pamela Jennings.

The Clothier Electrical Testing Laboratory has been cabandoned since 2011.
Urban explorers highlight the decay of the highest voltage lab in the world
By Marie Le Conte - 05 February 17:50

A group of urban explorers broke into the disused National Renewable Energy Centre, near Newcastle.

New Statesman
Whose library is it anyway?
By James Dawson - 05 February 15:41

After being closed by the Conservative council and then run by Occupy London, Friern Barnet Library is now in the hands of residents. But does this development represent a Pyrrhic victory over the cuts?

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