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

What’s your most embarrassing moment? I’ve just had mine
By Nicholas Lezard - 20 April 13:48

The lovely weather combines, unfortunately, with the continuing loss of the shower in the Hovel.

A sad truth about “happy pills”
By Laurie Penny - 18 April 14:53

Governments have long been reluctant to draw attention to the links between mental health and socio-economic factors.

Confessions of a fuzzy twit
By Simon Pegg - 14 April 13:48

The actor/director Simon Pegg describes his initiation into the Twitterverse.

Has Britain reached “peak car”?
By Andrew Pendleton - 12 April 13:26

More and more people are using public transport to get from one place to another.

How green was Hague’s valley
By Will Self - 07 April 17:06

The Peter principle states that employees are promoted to the point where they become incompetent - and there they remain, doing a crap job.

The Morville Year
By Amanda Craig - 07 April 17:05

The English passion for gardening, which George Orwell identified (along with bad teeth) as being among our chief national characteristics, has unearthed many writers of unusual talent and scholarship, from Vita Sackville-West

By Sophie Elmhirst - 07 April 17:04

Boy, do the Americans know how to christen a war. Odyssey Dawn is the latest in a theatrical line of military operation monikers.

When disaster strikes, remember: this is not your drama
By Alice Miles - 31 March 13:07

From 9/11 to the Japanese tsunami, it seems to be modern nature to want to find tenuous personal lin

I didn’t do anything even vaguely funny for Comic Relief
By Mark Watson - 31 March 12:58

We all try to resist the cliché that, as a nation, we're obsessed with failure but it's hard to miss the glee in the papers when a story comes up like this: a woman in Southwark has failed her driving theory test for the 90th

I refuse to give up tobacco. Put that in your pipe and smoke it
By Nicholas Lezard - 24 March 13:23

I am still fuming, so to speak, with the news that the government intends to ban the display of cigarettes and tobacco from all shops by 2015.

My night at the Shaftas
By Laurie Penny - 20 March 13:05

What I learned at the porn industry's annual awards ceremony.

The Week so Far
By Staff blogger - 17 March 13:27

1. Europe

Gandhi is dandy but tikka is quicker
By Will Self - 17 March 13:23

Since I have the gall to pontificate fortnightly on the places where people actually eat, it seems only meet that I should occasionally 'fess up to my habitual gnawing spots.

I’m not violent, but I did once spank a woman with a cooking utensil
By Nicholas Lezard - 17 March 13:21

A letter from a Mrs H of Blaenau Ffestiniog. In it, she is very nice about this column, but she cannot abide my occasional use of four-letter words. I think she is referring to the time I described myself as a Jeremy Hunt.

Charlie Sheen's problem with women
By Laurie Penny - 13 March 13:01

The actor has brutalised the women in his life for years, but the global press is more scandalised by his drug habit.

Telling stories about myself
By Jane Shilling - 11 March 12:40

There’s a reason memoirs are so popular. They satisfy a
primitive human instinct – curiosity.

From New Zealand to Newcastle, secrets lie beneath our feet
By Michael Brooks - 10 March 13:07

As the clean-up continues after the Christchurch earthquake, it is worth reminding ourselves how recently we gained any understanding of the earth's interior.

I sympathise with my phone. I can’t recharge myself either
By Nicholas Lezard - 10 March 9:39

I write this in a precarious state, on a laptop that may conk out any minute. The socket at the back where the power-supply cable goes in has gone wonky: the juice simply isn't getting in.

I am every woman
By Natasha Walter - 10 March 7:44

As we mark 100 years of International Women’s Day, Natasha Walter argues that British feminism is sh

Galliano’s fashionable beliefs
By Laurie Penny - 04 March 14:01

The problem with racism and sexism in fashion goes far beyond one slurring fantasist.

The NS Interview: Nicola Horlick, investment manager
By Samira Shackle - 03 March 11:30

“Someone who has a nanny and a PA isn’t really Superwoman”

Cougars of the daily grind
By Will Self - 03 March 11:21

I'm more loyal to Caffè Nero than I am to any other institution.

For how much longer must all men be judged against Colin Firth?
By Mark Watson - 03 March 11:15

A lot of questions arise from The King's Speech, the recent film in which - spoiler alert - a king can't speak very well, but then manages to, thanks to an Australian.