Learn from the mob professor
By Will Self - 24 February 14:58

It's been a fantastic three months for those of us gripped by the dynamics of crowds.

Nothing could make me iller than a royal visit from Camilla
By Nicholas Lezard - 24 February 14:53

To my bed, with the curtains drawn and a cold, damp flannel pressed to my eyes. Fury, I have discovered, brings with it many of the symptoms of migraine: pain, nausea, fatigue.

Who needs books when we could be watching Cheryl Cole?
By Mark Watson - 17 February 13:33

TV has spoken; the printed word has had its day.

Making marriage harder
By David Allen Green - 14 February 11:11

A St Valentine’s Day wish to take the law out of romance.

How can I run up some more expenses? Meet your new wine writer!
By Nicholas Lezard - 10 February 14:57

A visit to the accountant. I like my accountant. She's jolly and good and she finds my extraordinary financial incompetence amusing.

Laurie Penny: In defence of the “C” word
By Laurie Penny - 02 February 10:38

Men have so many words that they can use to hint at their own sexual power, but we have just the one. Let’s use it and love it.

A burger with a side order of smugness
By Will Self - 27 January 14:01

A new year and a new hamburger - for is the hamburger not elemental? Is it not like the two hemispheres of the earth, seamed by
the biota? Or possibly two robust thighs, between which is pressed beefy virility?

Laurie Penny: this divorce tax is emotional terrorism
By Laurie Penny - 17 January 14:29

Persuading poor people to stay married eases the strain on housing stocks and provides a modesty slip for inequality.

Coo coo ca-choo, Mrs Robinson
By Nicholas Lezard - 13 January 11:22

Well, it wasn't too bad in the end - Christmas, that is.

Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses
By Olivia Laing - 13 January 11:14

In the 1970s, the Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa coined the phrase "spiritual materialism" to describe the pervasive western habit of consuming far-flung religious practices as lifestyle accessories rather than techniques fo

Condemning “managed anorexia”
By David Allen Green - 12 January 13:43

What are the limits of free speech?

David Allen Green’s New Year’s resolutions
By David Allen Green - 29 December 13:19

My usual resolutions for each New Year are simple: to eat and drink more, and to exercise less. In this way, I have either the smug satisfaction of keeping my resolutions, or the personal benefit of breaking them.

Ho, ho, ho, that’ll be a fiver please
By Alice Miles - 29 December 11:03

A headline caught my eye in a London paper in the run-up to Christmas: "'It's safe to swim in Red Sea,' says tourism boss." Given that four tourists had been mauled by sharks and a fifth, a German lady, had just been killed, i

Sole-searching on the weird wide web
By Will Self - 29 December 10:52

There are many waymarkers along the winding trail of a man's life, but few can be quite so dismal, so minatory, so like unto a psychic gibbet from which a rotting corpse twists in the mephitic breezes from the nearby abyss as

This could be my worst Christmas yet
By Nicholas Lezard - 29 December 10:49

It will probably come as no surprise to regular readers of this column that it has, to put it mildly, mixed feelings about Christmas.

NS writers make their New Year’s resolutions
By George Eaton - 29 December 9:26

Find out what Laurie Penny, Roy Hattersley, Kevin Maguire and others are hoping to achieve in the ne

Alex Preston’s New Year’s resolution
By Alex Preston - 29 December 8:40

In "Little Gidding", T S Eliot wrote:

. . . last year's words belong to last year's language

And next year's words await another voice.

In 2011, I'll be learning Cantonese.

John Gray’s New Year’s resolution
By John Gray - 29 December 8:40

Oddly enough (for a reviewer), my chief resolution is to read more.

Kevin Maguire’s New Year’s resolution
By Kevin Maguire - 29 December 8:39

I don't think I've ever kept a New Year resolution but it's not for want of trying. The intention is usually strong, on 31 December at least, but winter's a grim season so it's hard to start afresh in brass monkey weather.

Peter Wilby’s New Year’s resolution
By Peter Wilby - 29 December 8:38

Mine is to make no New Year resolutions. Deciding on a new course of action purely because a digit on the calendar has changed strikes me as frivolous and feeble-minded.

Nicholas Lezard’s New Year’s resolution
By Nicholas Lezard - 29 December 8:37

For the past 12 years my chief New Year resolution, when I have been moved through sentimentality or pressure from friends and family, has been to finish my book.

Michael Brooks’s New Year’s resolution
By Michael Brooks - 29 December 8:36

I had a little taste of political activism in 2010, and I liked it.

Margaret Drabble’s hopes for the New Year
By Margaret Drabble - 29 December 8:34

1. I'd like the Milibands to become once more the best of brothers, remember the good old days at Haverstock Comp and unite to launch a campaign to remove the charitable status of public schools.

Hunter Davies’s New Year’s resolutions
By Hunter Davies - 29 December 8:33

To clear out my cupboard, boring, to lose half a stone, boring boring, OK, a whole stone, I know, don't go on about it, to get rid of my Amstrad PCW and the two Victorian printers and the three prehistoric fax machines, yes I

Alice Miles’s New Year’s resolution
By Alice Miles - 29 December 8:32

I don't understand the point of New Year resolutions. Why would you need to wait until the 1st of January to do something, or to stop doing something?

Roy Hattersley’s New Year’s resolution
By Roy Hattersley - 23 December 15:03

My hope, and indeed expectation, for 2011 is that Ed Miliband will set out the principles on which the Labour Party's policy is to be based and thereby re-create a genuinely social-democratic party of conscience and conviction

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas
By Bianca Jagger - 22 December 14:27

My fashion faux pas

Farewell: the final Crip's Column
By Victoria Brignell - 21 December 15:03

In her final column for the New Statesman, Victoria Brignell reflects on what it has meant to write

Fresh baking and the flour of our youth
By Will Self - 15 December 9:41

Within a Budding Grove, with its hint at the similitude of erectile clitoral tissue and burgeoning plant life, is the somewhat suggestive translation of Proust's À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs given by C K Scott Moncrie