The day I went to scoff amid the highchairs bedizened with peas
By Will Self - 01 August 1:00

Here's a dinner for two with 1970s sophistication but modern-day products and prices: to start, a couple of prawn cocktails at £2.09 each; to follow, a brace of 8oz fillet steaks weighing in at £12.47.

Amy Winehouse never, ever let us down
By Laurie Penny - 28 July 12:32

Winehouse was never interested in the normal rules of female celebrity.

Forget Sir Bob and Bono – I have a modest proposal for Africa
By Will Self - 25 July 1:00

People are starving to death in eastern Africa - lots of them, and horribly. I awoke this morning to hear on the radio a report from a BBC man who had interviewed some of those streaming towards a UN-run camp.

Can you stomach the all-you-can-eat buffet?
By Will Self - 21 July 10:50

I was meeting up with someone I worked with, ooh, getting on for 20 years ago and whom I hadn't seen for pushing 15. I was coming from Manchester; she from Soho, London.

“If music can be art, why can’t food?”
By Helen Lewis - 05 July 8:23

Nathan Myhrvold was Stephen Hawking's researcher and Bill Gates's right-hand man at Microsoft. Now,

By Sophie Elmhirst - 04 July 1:00

Tennis is not what it was. Now it's all about branding and the annual disappointment of Andy Murray. (Oh, Murray.

Why Captain Birdseye is my slightly fishy culinary hero
By Will Self - 04 July 1:00

Birds Eye sold £7.5m worth of its Traditional Chicken Dinners last accounting year - and as these meals are made in the Republic of Ireland with imported chicken breast, "homestyle" gravy, potatoes and garden vegetables, I can

Oligarch, reinvented
By Sophie Elmhirst - 01 July 11:48

Evgeny Lebedev, son of a billionaire, owns newspapers, restaurants and a mansion near London. He bel

The NS Interview: Alex James
By Helen Lewis - 30 June 16:52

“Keeping a pig is great but Monster Munch are nice as well”

Michelin stars, living on cereal and my toddler’s taste for pickled onions
By Marcus Wareing - 27 June 1:00

Another week has flown by and it's Sunday again. Not just any Sunday, though: Father's Day.

Pretty dishes, fit for supper
By Felicity Cloake - 27 June 1:00

How British social history is written through our cookbooks.

Major lesbian sock puppets? Whatever next?
By Sophie Elmhirst - 23 June 12:33

Let's get to the point. Are there any lesbian bloggers out there who aren't straight, middle-aged, American men?

Let’s get those sluts walking
By Laurie Penny - 10 June 14:12

Sex is not the problem. Sexism is. Arbitrary moral divisions are being renewed between "innocent" women and "sluts".

Friends say my house is a sitcom, but no puny mortal could dream this up
By Nicholas Lezard - 09 June 14:00

A Sunday afternoon, and I am listening to Ligeti and wondering whether it was entirely wise of me to have invited the editor of this magazine for dinner.

All I want for my birthday is a giant packet of Opal Fruits
By Nicholas Lezard - 07 June 15:22

My birthday. I have now reached the age Goebbels was when he died, although my achievements are fewer. And, thankfully, not in the same line. Still.

Children being children
By Nelson Jones - 07 June 12:37

Are sex and shopping really the worst problems facing the nation's children?

Scrabble is like life: you’ve got to be innit to win it
By Mark Watson - 26 May 13:02

Not much doubt about the big news of the past couple of weeks: there are a dozen new words allowed in Scrabble.

When jargon becomes unsustainable
By Will Self - 20 May 13:28

Good afternoon. I'm glad you were all able to join me here for a brief presentation on some of the key issues that will be affecting us in the medium term.

The NS Interview: Heston Blumenthal, chef
By Helen Lewis - 16 May 16:10

“Sucking the heads off prawns is one of life’s great pleasures”

Farewell, Whispering Ted, the man who taught me that less is more
By Mark Watson - 12 May 13:31

Unless you're Osama Bin Laden, it hasn't been a great time to die of late, if you wanted the press to report it to the nation.

Ritual abuse
By Andrew Martin - 12 May 13:28

There's a reason so many writers drink and smoke

I’m on the street party committee, and I am not even a royalist
By Alice Miles - 05 May 11:52

I hadn't intended to be co-opted on to a royal street party planning committee. But this is what happens if you live in a small village.

Sick and tired
By Michael Barrett - 05 May 11:49

Yuppie flu: the psychosomatic excuse of indolent, middle-class skivers, or a real disease? Chronic fatigue syndrome, or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), continues to blight millions, but what is it?

The NS Interview: David Starkey, historian
By Sophie Elmhirst - 04 May 18:49

“From one queen to another. Oh, I’ve written my own headline”

Back to the fantasy
By Will Self - 29 April 8:22

Public hysteria over Kate, Wills and the royal wedding is another kind of crowd madness, writes Will

How can the Mona Lisa compete with a copy made from toast?
By Mark Watson - 27 April 12:33

I'm in Melbourne, along with half the world's funnymen and funnywomen and a few people passing themselves off as those things. We're all being outsold, though, by a ferocious opponent, in the form of a 3,300-year-old man.

A tale of two weddings
By Jason Cowley - 27 April 8:22

The impending nuptials of Kate and Wills remind the <em>New Statesman</em> editor of another royal w

By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 April 13:54

When I was about 11 years old I had a picture of the American flag on my wall.

Don’t let a bit of God get in the way of good science
By Michael Brooks - 20 April 13:53

It seems that when you have just stepped down as president of the Royal Society, life can get a little dull - even if you are still Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, a knight of the realm, then a life peer, Astronomer Roya