For more than 40 years, Terry Pratchett has used science fiction and fantasy to craft subtle satires. But the onset of Alzheimer’s has forced him to confront a stark question – what will happen when he is no longer able to write?
In the past 30 years, video games have become more beautiful, more intricate and more intense - but we still lack a critical language to evaluate them. Will we ever move beyond previews and reviews?
There are some who dismiss the work of Terry Pratchett as silly fantasy – and, in a sense, it is. His gift has always been in treating the big subjects with the lightest touch and in smuggling huge banks of wisdom past unsuspecting, giggling readers.
The escalating cultural merit of street art is causing legal wrangles in cities campaigning for its removal
In response to the coalition's benefits overhaul, Liz Crow is Bedding In.
Television history, in particular, has changed - and not always for the better.
Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.
The merger of Penguin and Random House shows that our publishing industry is following the music industry into consolidation and quasi-monopoly.
Hunter Davies admits he played his part in continuing the band's carefully cultivated image.
Photos from the launch of Ai Weiwei's guest-edit of the New Statesman at The Lisson Gallery in London.
The strike back against Alan Sokal has been 15 years coming.
Recently released from detention, the artist Zhao Zhao is channelling his experience into his work.
The novelist A M Homes grew up in late-1960s Washington DC amid race riots and the sexual revolution. Here, she remembers a city like no other.
Nick Clegg was so, so sorry, but what does that actually mean?
Remembering a historian who tried to keep historical change in the spotlight.
Kingsley Amis’s novel Lucky Jim has its origins in his intense and competitive friendship with Philip Larkin.
From Barings and Barclays to Schroders, Chase and Goldmans, Alex Preston charts the history of the rise and fall of the investment bank in the US and Britain.
From alcohol and cigarettes to Xboxes and iPads, modern life can be a minefield of addiction.
How tragedy evolved from Oedipus to Kim Kardashian’s cellulite and Amy Winehouse’s struggles.
It lends itself to headlines, I suppose: “Ebacc to the future”, and so on. But there is nothing very beautiful about the new exam name. Not that exam names have much form. GCSEs were things of acronymic hideousness. O-levels didn’t have much to recommend them either, poetically speaking.
The author of Leviathan was never interested in freedom or democracy as ends in themselves. There was always a strain of despotism in Enlightenment thinking.
For too long female sexuality has been defined by men. It’s time for its story to be told.
Houses aren’t just bricks and mortar; they become part of us.
Never an easy task, but where do you draw the line between original and translation?
The extraordinary breadth and variety of British poetry.
The New Statesman's renewed commitment to poetry.
The unsolved riddles that remain around the Scottish socialist.
As he moved from journalistic elan to TED-friendly gimmickry, the historian racked up an impressive roster of enemies.
John Burnside's nature column.