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?

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.

Laurie Penny’s New Year’s resolutions
By Laurie Penny - 29 December 8:36

From this point forth, I will only snog men who own at least two pairs of shoes, and who have not lived for more than one week in a skip in Camberwell.

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

Mystery of the disappearing women
By Nicholas Lezard - 15 December 9:39

A visit from this magazine's own excellent young writer Laurie Penny, who has come for a natter about what it's like being kettled and to watch me drink my customary bottle of Shiraz while she sips from a glass of cider and, l

Why the British Fashion Council must keep its grant
By Claire French - 09 December 19:34

The fashion industry contributes £21bn to the economy each year. It deserves government support.

Snow is like the Pussycat Dolls
By Mark Watson - 09 December 11:50

Snow is starting to get too big for its boots. It needs to be put in its place.

A Londoner’s diary
By Anne McElvoy - 09 December 11:47

Paternity is destiny, Blair battles, BBC’s men at the top, WikiLeaks . . . and what next for Peter M

Last days of the glee club
By Mark Vernon - 29 November 11:02

Happiness was all the rage among politicians, but attempts to measure the experience suggest it is f

Welcome to Erotica: Britain’s Gulag of desire
By Laurie Penny - 28 November 18:35

If you had to build a prison for human pleasure, it would look like this.

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