Should we cheer a sobriety pill?
By Michael Brooks - 23 January 0:00

Willpower is probably starting to ebb from that New Year's resolution to cut down on alcohol. Why? Because you're fighting your natural inclinations: intoxication is a basic human drive.

The trick with the Ring Cycle is to get really stoned beforehand
By Nicholas Lezard - 16 January 0:00

Another year, another final pair of digits on the file marked "terror about financial matters". Not that there's anything that I can do about it, except work, and that for little more than peanuts.

The last picture show
By David Flusfeder - 02 January 0:00

The likes of Fassbinder, Godard, Pasolini, Tarkovsky, Wajda and Visconti were once seen as essential

Casino capitalism
By Robert Hanks - 02 January 0:00

A purple flyer pops through our letter box: "It's time to play," it says, which, to a sensitive ear, sounds like a catchphrase for a Hollywood serial killer.

Napping offers a free cinema trip round my subconscious
By Nicholas Lezard - 12 December 0:00

I awake, not exactly refreshed but pleasantly woozy, after my first afternoon nap.

The NS Interview: Betty Jackson, designer
By Samira Shackle - 12 December 0:00

“Ageing women get axed from TV, so where’s your role model?”

Where the wild food is
By Helen Lewis - 05 December 0:00

Why foodies are getting excited about foraging

I have an atavistic urge to prostrate myself before the gentry
By Nicholas Lezard - 05 December 0:00

Well, you can't stay in London every single day of your life, you'd go mad, and so I accept an invitation to go to Perthshire with H -- . Not that

The world's first pop-up shopping mall
By Sean Carey - 03 December 9:24

Is clothes browsing inside refurbished shipping containers in east London as hip (and non-corporate)

“I had some magical trotters on my wedding night”
By Helen Lewis - 16 November 0:00

The NS Interview: Fergus Henderson, chef at St John

Where the wild things aren’t
By John Burnside - 16 November 0:00

Leafing through the St Andrews Citizen the other day, I read a piece about plans to dig up a patch of wild ground - the local preservation trust described it as "an eyesore" - and make it into a "community garden".

These days I’m less Hunter S Thompson, more John Lewis
By Nicholas Lezard - 16 November 0:00

Sometimes I wonder whether my horizons are shrinking too much.

What actresses eat, Herman's gaffes and why I’m turning into Batman
By Helen Lewis - 15 November 14:49

My column from the latest <em>New Statesman</em> magazine.

I am leaving the phone at home
By Steven Baxter - 14 November 13:19

What might it be like to wander around without anxiously looking at a screen every ten seconds? I wo

I don’t need to go to rehab, I just need cheering up
By Nicholas Lezard - 14 November 0:00

I emerge from five days without alcohol with a glossy coat, shining eyes and a tail thumping the floor with excitement and good, rude health.

The uses of role models
By Juliet Jacques - 12 November 9:55

Can inspirational LGBT figures help the victims of homophobic bullying?

Sure, I can go without a drink: there was that one week at university
By Nicholas Lezard - 10 November 14:49

I have in my hand a piece of paper: a prescription for a five-day course of Metronidazole, a heavy-duty antibiotic recommended for the treatment of (among other ailments) gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums.

Women have maxed out the job market, not just their credit cards
By Gaby Hinsliff - 24 October 1:00

In troubled times there is nothing women love better, so the age-old story goes, than a little retail therapy.

The deceit that led to 9/11
By Robert Trivers - 24 October 1:00

Disasters are always studied in retrospect. We will not have an experimental science of the subject any time soon.

What a tangled web we weave
By Robert Trivers - 24 October 1:00

From using euphemisms such as “collateral damage” to faking orgasms, we practise deception all the t

With some money in my pocket, I’m like a sailor on shore leave
By Nicholas Lezard - 13 October 10:52

Last week's plea for cash results in a flood of polite refusals from readers, but once again my great friend Toby steps up to the plate and the last few days of September pass without my having to sit outside Baker Street Stat

Why aren't women funny on TV?
By Helen Lewis - 11 October 14:05

All-male panel show line-ups are making me lose my sense of humour.

Ban on advertising aimed at children won’t end ‘compulsive consumerism’, says childhood expert
By Jenny Greenwell - 28 September 14:35

Leaked goverment document coincides with Unicef report that claims UK is 'obsessed with consumerism'

A life-changing encounter with Mr Baseball Bat
By Nicholas Lezard - 26 September 1:00

That first autumnal chill arrived early this year: I felt it, with depressingly little surprise, in August.

The NS Interview: Laura Bailey
By Samira Shackle - 26 September 1:00

“It would be silly to pretend that models aren’t tall and thin”

New Statesman
Patois and patties at Twice as Nice
By Will Self - 26 September 1:00

Y'know, me don' see dat David Starkey much down 'ere on me manor, seen, tho' wevver it am because he be chi-chi man or foo-foo racist man me don't know.

John Pilger: War and shopping – the extremism that never speaks its name
By John Pilger - 22 September 9:27

The Westfield Stratford centre, backed by a former Israeli commando and touted as the future face of London by the likes of Boris Johnson, makes a mockery of the East End’s history of productive work.

The modern speakeasy
By Felicity Cloake - 19 September 1:00

Felicity Cloake celebrates a new and sophisticated golden age of the cocktail

The Kenyan kidnap resort was a paradise on the edge of hell
By Alice Miles - 19 September 1:00

What were they doing there? Apart from the questionable decision to spend up to £500 a night to stay in a straw hut strewn with a bit of rustic decor, why there? Why go on holiday so near to the Somali border?

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