"You": a poem by Christopher Reid
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.

Dig
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.

Life is short... but only if you're boring
By Martha Gill - 18 May 14:22

How living fast does weird things to your perception of time

New Statesman
On the shoulders of giants
By Rebecca Stott - 16 May 14:11

Charles Darwin’s search for his intellectual ancestors shows that scientific discovery mirrors the v

New Statesman
The age of the Evil Genius
By Charles Leadbeater - 16 May 14:03

Explaining the success of Simon Cowell, Jose Mourinho and the rest.

Keep calm and carry on
Enough of this carry on
By Mike Bonnet - 10 May 14:12

Is "Keep Calm And Carry On" an appropriate mantra for modern Britain?

A man uses his iPhone, Washington DC.
Love rectangle
By Bryan Appleyard - 09 May 15:55

Apple’s iPhone, five years old next month, seduces us with the perpetual call of elsewhere. But do w

New Statesman
Review: What Money Can't Buy by Michael Sandel
By John Gray - 09 May 13:58

Treating everything as a commodity ruins the moral fabric of society.

You agree with this column
By Martha Gill - 26 April 15:17

Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.

Global warning
By Sophie Elmhirst - 18 April 17:37

Should there be a boycott of the Israeli theatre company at the Globe?

The righteous brothers
The righteous brothers
By Sophie Elmhirst - 18 April 15:03

Know your enemy, they say. Jonathan Haidt might rephrase this as: understand your enemy. Know his moral instincts and the way he reasons through an argument. See his point of view; be his friend.

New Statesman
Under the skin
By Eleanor Hirst - 17 April 18:00

"Animals Inside Out" at the Natural History Museum.

New Statesman
The social cell
By Daniel Dennett - 13 April 13:22

What do debutante balls, the Japanese tea ceremony, Ponzi schemes and doubting clergy all have in co

Noel Edmonds Internet Troll Hunter
Don't leave a comment
By Helen Lewis - 12 April 12:47

What’s the point of turning the net into a giant lavatory wall?

“People will laugh at you if you sound like that”
“People will laugh at you if you sound like that”
By A L Kennedy - 04 April 11:09

When A L Kennedy was growing up in Dundee, she was taught to sound English. It was only in exile that she embraced her Scottishness

New Statesman
Where two kinds of wildness collide
By Richard Mabey - 03 April 15:37

In the second in a series of essays on nature and landscape, Richard Mabey sees a premonition of spr

Federer
Slings and arrows
By Ed Smith - 29 March 17:57

In a meritocracy, winners deserve to win or think they do, and they reward themselves accordingly.

Peacock
Survival of the prettiest
By David Rothenberg - 29 March 16:15

Why did the peacock’s tail make Darwin “sick”? Because the world is full of extravagant beauty that

How to be a man
How to be a man
By Jonathan Rutherford - 12 March 0:00

The altered relationship between men and women.

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