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.
By New Statesman - 19 October 14:52
Photos from the launch of Ai Weiwei's guest-edit of the New Statesman at The Lisson Gallery in London.
By Alex Hern - 18 October 16:55
The strike back against Alan Sokal has been 15 years coming.
By Angie Baecker - 18 October 7:25
Recently released from detention, the artist Zhao Zhao is channelling his experience into his work.
By A M Homes - 11 October 8:44
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.
By Sophie Elmhirst - 04 October 10:25
Nick Clegg was so, so sorry, but what does that actually mean?
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 04 October 7:31
Remembering a historian who tried to keep historical change in the spotlight.
By Keith Gessen - 03 October 17:13
Kingsley Amis’s novel Lucky Jim has its origins in his intense and competitive friendship with Philip Larkin.
By Alex Preston - 03 October 11:00
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.
By Talitha Stevenson - 27 September 11:57
From alcohol and cigarettes to Xboxes and iPads, modern life can be a minefield of addiction.
By Jenny Diski - 27 September 6:56
How tragedy evolved from Oedipus to Kim Kardashian’s cellulite and Amy Winehouse’s struggles.
By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 September 11:02
By John Gray - 20 September 6:43
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.
By Katherine Angel - 20 September 6:13
For too long female sexuality has been defined by men. It’s time for its story to be told.
By Julia Copus - 13 September 10:49
Houses aren’t just bricks and mortar; they become part of us.
By Ollie Brock - 05 September 12:52
Never an easy task, but where do you draw the line between original and translation?
By Fiona Sampson - 30 August 9:58
The extraordinary breadth and variety of British poetry.
By Sophie Elmhirst - 30 August 9:36
The New Statesman's renewed commitment to poetry.
By Robert Ronson - 29 August 16:30
The unsolved riddles that remain around the Scottish socialist.
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 29 August 15:33
As he moved from journalistic elan to TED-friendly gimmickry, the historian racked up an impressive roster of enemies.
By John Burnside - 29 August 15:29
John Burnside's nature column.
By Will Self - 29 August 14:36
It's gone family-friendly.
By Slavoj Zizek - 23 August 12:15
From the repression of unruly citizens to the celebration of the “good capitalist”, The Dark Knight Rises reflects our age of anxiety.
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 23 August 8:47
Born in Jamaica, Stuart Hall is the éminence grise of the British intellectual left and one of the founders of cultural studies. He coined the word “Thatcherism” and, aged 80, he remains one of our leading thinkers.
By Leo Hollis - 23 August 6:18
The Occupy movement has changed the way we encounter every part of the city of New York.
By Daniel Swift - 15 August 14:49
The Book of Common Prayer is a political work, writes Daniel Swift.
By David Flusfeder - 15 August 13:04
Poker is pure social Darwinism – a revelation of character as well as capacity. And where better to play it than Las Vegas, a city that is brutally upfront about its desire to separate you from your money?
By John Burnside - 15 August 12:30
There is a long tradition of poets celebrating chance encounters with animals, but such meetings are becoming increasingly rare.
By Sophie Elmhirst - 08 August 12:05
This year's success is doubtless going to taunt us for years to come, in the manner of 1966.
By En Liang Khong - 31 July 12:52
Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi talks about how creative translation can be a powerful force for dialogue.