Fur suits and rocket launchers
By Helen Lewis - 05 March 0:00

The tall man in front of me blinks shyly from beneath a white side-swept fringe - or at least, as shyly as anyone can do dressed in white leggings so tight I could tell if he had varicose veins.

Hmm, shall I share my windfall with Boris Johnson or Tesco?
By Nicholas Lezard - 27 February 0:00

An email arrives from the chief executive of a magazine that went bust last year owing me £750. I might have mentioned this before. Well, it has been weighing upon me.

Craig Raine is 6ft tall, with a beard that would cover both his nipples
By Nicholas Lezard - 20 February 0:00

An email from one of the editors at the New Statesman.

These days, writers are lucky to be taken for a sandwich at Subway
By Nicholas Lezard - 30 January 0:00

At a swanky literary party - they still exist but they are few and far between - I am introduced to two charming girls who appear to be in their mid-teens.

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.

My liver is disintegrating but at least my freezer was alien-free
By Nicholas Lezard - 23 January 0:00

I wake up on Sunday with a hangover so bad that I feel profoundly altered inside. There have been fundamental realignments of a sinister nature. I have a sudden, vivid image of my liver.

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.

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.

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

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?”

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

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

Why foodies are getting excited about foraging

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.

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