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.

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.

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 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?

Going great guns for Gaddafi
By Rosamund Urwin - 19 September 1:00

Rosamund Urwin of the <em>London Evening Standard</em> on a week of whingeing bankers, trouble for t

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

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

Forget about looking for “The One” and have fun with the many, says Laurie Penny
By Laurie Penny - 15 September 10:45

The idea that everyone has a soulmate whom they are destined to love for ever is both implausible and cruel.

A one-way ticket to Palookaville
By Will Self - 14 September 16:14

At Motherwell Station, there is a reception committee awaiting me - or is it some sort of posse, with me in the Butch Cassidy role? One . . . two . . . three . . . no fewer than six ticket collectors bar my way. Golly!

The isolation of day-to-day life feels harder than ever to beat
By Graeme Archer - 12 September 12:41

Reaching out to other human beings ought to be the easiest thing. Why do I find it so difficult?

Tracey Emin’s artlessness, honey for money and flesh made word
By Camilla Long - 24 August 1:00

Camilla Long on a week of sleeping with the Tories, relief for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the meaning o

Being told you have a lucky face is the oldest trick in the book
By Nicholas Lezard - 22 August 1:00

So, there I am, strolling towards Marble Arch Station from the north, passing the swanky Indian restaurant on Old Quebec Street and thinking that, thanks to some extra work I've got lately, I might be able to pay off a couple

The suburb that changed the world
By Jaron Lanier - 18 August 10:53

In the 1980s, Silicon Valley was populated by lefties and hippies who dreamed of a computer revoluti

My life is like one long case of the yips
By Nicholas Lezard - 15 August 1:00

Every year since 1974, when I was 11, my father has bought me a copy of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack for my birthday.

I’m the grumpy captain of HMS Not Getting Any
By Nicholas Lezard - 08 August 1:00

I have always liked Pozzo's speech in Waiting for Godot when he says that the tears of the world are a constant quantity, and that for each person who begins to weep, another one stops.

I wanted a pet, but not like this
By Nicholas Lezard - 01 August 1:00

"Ark!" We have a new resident at the Hovel: a fledgling seagull, who presumably fell out of the nest on the roof.

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.

Laurie Penny: 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.

Nathan Myhrvold interview: “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, he aims to reinvent the cookbook. 

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

Tennis
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.

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?

Laurie Penny on proest: 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.

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