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.
It's gone family-friendly.
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.