New Statesman
British poetry is in rude health, so why don’t more people read it?
By Sophie Elmhirst - 30 August 9:36

The New Statesman's renewed commitment to poetry.

John Wheatley (left) arriving at Parliament
Was John Wheatley really a working-class hero?
By Robert Ronson - 29 August 16:30

The unsolved riddles that remain around the Scottish socialist.

Niall Ferguson winning an Emmy in 2009.
Niall Ferguson Inc, or history as a business
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.

Bridgewater Foundry
Nature: Dark satanic mills
By John Burnside - 29 August 15:29

John Burnside's nature column.

Madness of crowds: Will Self visits Las Vegas
By Will Self - 29 August 14:36

It's gone family-friendly.

Slavoj Žižek: The politics of Batman
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.

Stuart Hall: “We need to talk about Englishness”
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.

How Occupy changed us
By Leo Hollis - 23 August 6:18

The Occupy movement has changed the way we encounter every part of the city of New York.

A dog-eared edition of the Book of Common Prayer.
Devoted dissent
By Daniel Swift - 15 August 14:49

The Book of Common Prayer is a political work, writes Daniel Swift.

Las Vegas: the last honest place on earth
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?

A fallow deer buck rests in the long grass in Richmond Park
Celebrating the animal encounter in poetry
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.

Jessica Ennis is one of Team GB's most iconic winners
Now we’re the sporting top dogs, please let’s not take ourselves too seriously
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.

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi
Weaving a World
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.

Niall Ferguson
Damp squid: the fall of Niall Ferguson
By Christopher Harvie - 28 July 11:13

The Scots-American we can do without.

As soon as he could, Maurice moved “back” to Stamford Hill
Tale of a city: Sunday, bloody Sunday
By Maurice Glasman - 26 July 9:57

Maurice Glasman recalls gloomy weekends in Palmers Green.

Gamers Against Bigotry is hacked... by gamers in favour of bigotry
By Helen Lewis - 24 July 11:59

A site which opposed racist, sexist language in online multiplayer is repeatedly taken down by hackers.

A Cambridge student
Critical faculty
By John Sutherland - 18 July 16:59

Has change has been good for university English studies?

Philosophy in the public square
By Sean Gittins - 16 July 10:13

My night with Slavoj Žižek.

By Christopher Reid - 11 July 14:54


You! Yes, you, small boy,
small for your age and made to look smaller
by the tennis racket you’re brandishing.

Adult-size, stoutly-timbered,  
with its gluey gut strings gone frayed and slack,
it strains and pains your immature wrist.

Reborn in the USA
Kwame Kwei-Armah: Reborn in the USA
By Kwame Kwei-Armah - 11 July 12:48

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 and David Walliams
True bromance: David Walliams interviews Russell Brand
By David Walliams - 11 July 12:30

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.

Military schools are a terrible idea. Discipline is no substitute for education
By Willard Foxton - 10 July 18:01

As the recipient of a military education, Willard Foxton is well placed to say why Labour's latest policy is a bad idea.

By Julia Copus - 04 July 16:12

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

The mystery of sporting form
By Ed Smith - 04 July 10:32

When a sportsman is in “the zone”, he is in a state of total absorption.

The sea, the sea - all you can see is surface
By Alice Oswald - 27 June 17:42

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.”

Slavoj Žižek
Slavoj Žižek in conversation with the NS's Jonathan Derbyshire
By New Statesman - 15 June 17:13

Full video of the Slovenian philosopher talking to the NS culture editor

New Statesman
Building a fortune
By Leo Hollis - 13 June 14:25

Leo Hollis charts the changing face of the City, from stones to screens

Richard Dawkins calls for Catholic "honesty"
By Helen Lewis - 09 June 10:47

"If they don’t believe in transubstantiation then they are not Roman Catholics," said Dawkins.

The Queen and Kate Middleton
Who'd be a princess?
By Rhiannon and Holly - 04 June 10:47

Elizabeth II may be the last royal woman not to be subjected to rampant sexist scrutiny.

David Baddiel at the premiere of The Infidel
David Baddiel: What it's like to be the world's sixth sexiest Jew
By David Baddiel - 23 May 17:51

Jewishness is in my bones, but I don’t want to make that much of a fuss about my ethnicity.