If scientists wrote horoscopes, this is what yours would say
By Martha Gill - 17 January 8:00

Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.

Dys4ia, the game.
Game Theory: talking videogames at the New York Times
By Helen Lewis - 31 December 12:44

Games as ballet, a playwright on the medium, and (sorry) me talking about ladies, again.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: A thinker with an antifragile ego
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 20 December 8:40

"He talks in a machine-gun patter that combines Tony Soprano-style profanity with some stratospherically esoteric jargon."

Illustration by Melinda Gebbie.
The Goebbels of the English language
By Alan Moore - 19 December 7:10

We cannot state conclusively that anything is true.

B is for bad grammar.
Grammar and spelling pedants: this is why you're wrong
By Martha Gill - 18 December 13:39

Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

Sir Geoffrey Hill is our greatest living poet
By Peter Popham - 06 December 7:51

Yet it's strange how few people seem to know his work, writes Peter Popham.

Illustration by Alexander Roulette
The Coup
By Tom Rachman - 06 December 6:46

A new short story.

Hitman: Absolution shows you can't just be a good new game with a revered old name
By Phil Hartup - 29 November 16:00

The fans of these old games are older now too, and they expect to find something of what they liked about the franchise in the first place.

A shop in Tahrir Square is spray painted with the word Twitter
Do my tweets really matter?
By Talitha Stevenson - 29 November 8:10

The pathologies of modern life.

New Statesman
Wall Street Titan lets you be a giant deathbot fighting bankers
By Alex Hern - 22 November 13:38

The 99% has 100% of the massive robots.

Illustration by Maggie Li.
The age of innocence
By Fran Abrams - 22 November 7:22

Who is ultimately responsible for keeping children safe – their parents, or the state?

Sex, death and nature: Laurie Penny interviews Terry Pratchett
By Laurie Penny - 21 November 15:09

For more than 40 years, Terry Pratchett used science fiction and fantasy to craft subtle satires. But the onset of Alzheimer’s forced him to confront a stark question – what happens when he is no longer able to write?

A still from Dishonored.
Why are we still so bad at talking about video games?
By Helen Lewis - 20 November 11:58

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?

Death, as portrayed in the 2006 TV adaptation on Sky.
Leader: In praise of Terry Pratchett
By New Statesman - 15 November 5:43

On facing death (and Binky).

New Statesman
Toronto’s ‘Graffiti Management Plan’ adds fuel to the street art debate
By Kamila Kocialkowska - 08 November 17:08

The escalating cultural merit of street art is causing legal wrangles in cities campaigning for its removal

Bedding In
Bedding In: An interview with Liz Crow
By Jonathan Socrates - 02 November 16:13

In response to the coalition's benefits overhaul, Liz Crow is Bedding In.

Popular history has been conquered by a complacent liberalism
By David Priestland - 01 November 6:23

Television history, in particular, has changed - and not always for the better.

Michel de Montaigne
In these shouty times, the art of the essay matters more than ever
By Ed Smith - 01 November 6:08

Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.

Penguins have been a staple of British bookshelves since the 1930s.
Who’s picked up a Penguin?
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 01 November 5:27

The merger of Penguin and Random House shows that our publishing industry is following the music industry into consolidation and quasi-monopoly.

The Beatles at the BBC in 1966
Why I didn't tell the whole truth about the Beatles
By Hunter Davies - 25 October 13:39

Hunter Davies admits he played his part in continuing the band's carefully cultivated image.

In pictures: Ai Weiwei launch party
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.

Computer-generated nonsense accepted for publication by a mathematics journal
By Alex Hern - 18 October 16:55

The strike back against Alan Sokal has been 15 years coming.

New Statesman
Zhao Zhao: The young pretender
By Angie Baecker - 18 October 7:25

Recently released from detention, the artist Zhao Zhao is channelling his experience into his work.

Kids in America
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.

Nick Clegg
Word Games: Sorry
By Sophie Elmhirst - 04 October 10:25

Nick Clegg was so, so sorry, but what does that actually mean?

Eric Hobsbawm in 1976
The Enlightenment values of Eric Hobsbawm
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 04 October 7:31

Remembering a historian who tried to keep historical change in the spotlight.

Kingsley Amis
Amis and Larkin: Hate in a cold climate
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.

The New York Stock Exchange
"£1m isn't rich anymore": the rise and fall of investment banking
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.