From the repression of unruly citizens to the celebration of the “good capitalist”, The Dark Knight Rises reflects our age of anxiety.
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.
The Occupy movement has changed the way we encounter every part of the city of New York.
The Book of Common Prayer is a political work, writes Daniel Swift.
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?
There is a long tradition of poets celebrating chance encounters with animals, but such meetings are becoming increasingly rare.
This year's success is doubtless going to taunt us for years to come, in the manner of 1966.
Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi talks about how creative translation can be a powerful force for dialogue.
The Scots-American we can do without.
Maurice Glasman recalls gloomy weekends in Palmers Green.
A site which opposed racist, sexist language in online multiplayer is repeatedly taken down by hackers.
Has change has been good for university English studies?
My night with Slavoj Žižek.
You! Yes, you, small boy,
small for your age and made to look smaller
by the tennis racket you’re brandishing.
with its gluey gut strings gone frayed and slack,
it strains and pains your immature wrist.
As a black British immigrant to America, I have clung to my roots and my accent. Perhaps it is time to let go.
Russell Brand doesn’t read the papers, now that he’s in them – but that doesn’t stop him having opinions on everything from the meaning of Britishness to the “spirituality” of socialism. David Walliams tries to keep up.
As the recipient of a military education, Willard Foxton is well placed to say why Labour's latest policy is a bad idea.
On the final day we came at length to a layer
of packed earth. I made short shrift of it, in slices,
lifting it off with a leaf trowel to expose
a broad, flat stone. Whoever was doing the probing probed
at the stone’s edge till the stick went in
When a sportsman is in “the zone”, he is in a state of total absorption.
The refugee is vague. He is caught in a condition of waiting. He has travelled from Asia to England but, having no documents, he has never officially arrived: “It isn’t easy to live here. It is a very heavy wait. You know life is quick but I’m always waiting.”
Full video of the Slovenian philosopher talking to the NS culture editor
Leo Hollis charts the changing face of the City, from stones to screens
"If they don’t believe in transubstantiation then they are not Roman Catholics," said Dawkins.
Elizabeth II may be the last royal woman not to be subjected to rampant sexist scrutiny.
Jewishness is in my bones, but I don’t want to make that much of a fuss about my ethnicity.
How living fast does weird things to your perception of time
Charles Darwin’s search for his intellectual ancestors shows that scientific discovery mirrors the v
Explaining the success of Simon Cowell, Jose Mourinho and the rest.
Is "Keep Calm And Carry On" an appropriate mantra for modern Britain?