'Catafalque' by British Artist Sean Henry in the grounds of Glyndebourne.
Culture is what separates us from the rest of the living world
By A C Grayling - 08 May 10:03

A C Grayling: What makes us human?

Depression and austerity: “It’s as though my mind and body have both just closed down”
By Frances Ryan - 02 May 14:53

Suicide should never be exploited for political ends, but it would be wrong to ignore the effect of the cuts on people's mental health.

New Statesman
What makes us human?
By Phil Jones - 02 May 7:12

Introducing a new series on the most fundamental question of all, in partnership with BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show.

New Statesman
Every good Hovel has a secret room (ashtray included)
By Nicholas Lezard - 01 May 10:12

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.

Wikipedia wars: are there really novelists and 'women novelists'?
By Sarah Ditum - 26 April 9:44

How many brilliant writers will be sorted away entirely, never making the cut as novelists because they're weighed down with the tag "woman"?

Model scouts outside anorexia clinics highlight fashion's own don't ask, don't tell policy
By Rhiannon and Holly - 24 April 13:16

Eating disorders are still not really regarded as diseases in the same way as cancer or malaria or measles - and in part, that's because of the work of the fashion industry to fetishise the ultra-skinny.

Like B*Witched and the SDP, I am far greater than the sum of my parts
By Susan Calman - 19 April 7:40

Playing Top Trumps inside your own head.

London Fashion Week runway.
The horrors of the fashion world are right before our eyes
By Glosswitch - 14 April 12:09

Who could possibly see beauty, creativity and inspiration when the human beings selling it are in such pain?

A homeless man in Liverpool.
A band of brothers
By Nathan Roberts - 13 April 17:12

Suicide is the second most common cause of death among men under 35. This must change.

New Statesman
Preview: Julian Barnes on Christopher Hitchens, David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch
By Helen Lewis - 11 April 15:51

The novelist gives a rare interview to Soumya Bhattacharya for the New Statesman Centenary Issue.

The Great Train Robbery: Why do we have such a peculiar romantic fondness for thieves?
By Duncan Campbell - 09 April 7:13

Duncan Campbell, who knew many of the old-style robbers, explores why we all still love a villain.

Prince Charles in Oman.
100 good reasons to be a republican
By The Old Statesman - 04 April 10:43

Put not your trust in Princes - Psalm 146.

Oxfam charity shop warehouse
An uncertain future for Britain's charity shops
By Sarah Howell - 04 April 10:42

The humble charity shop will be hit by further financial burdens thanks to the government's new business rates scheme.

If women have to get their tits out to make a point, so be it
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 27 March 14:17

The campaign group Femen, which has been protesting topless since 2010, is doing feminist activism in a way that's cynical, knowing, and effective.

A lesson can be learned from the violent death of my old friend Mousie
By Nicholas Lezard - 27 March 8:52

Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.

The tree of secrets, shadows and scents
By John Burnside - 26 March 14:58

In praise of the magnolia.

The Steubenville trial is over, but what drove a group of teenagers to “live-blog” a rape?
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 22 March 16:44

For many people, the internet doesn’t just confirm your existence: it is your existence.

Illustration by Julien Picaud.
Generation X-rated owns the net: can politicians stop children watching porn?
By Rafael Behr - 21 March 8:30

Never has it been so easy for young children to watch violent pornography. Can politicians who grew up in the analogue age do anything about it?

Laurie Penny on the F-word in modern Britain: feminism
By Laurie Penny - 16 March 9:21

It’s not enough for us to sit back and wait for the system of power to become a little more equal.

Young women hiking on the Chiltern Hills
You don't have to wear tweed and cry "tally-ho" to enjoy the outdoors
By Aisha Gani - 14 March 18:51

Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.

A death on my road
By Michaela Young - 14 March 15:27

The murder of Joseph Burke-Monerville in Hackney.

New Statesman
Huhne and Pryce went to jail despite their privilege, not because of it
By Alex Andreou - 12 March 11:24

Chris Huhne and Vicki Pryce broke an important law and, after a fair trial, got rightly sent down for roughly the right amount of time. It's as simple as that, writes Alex Andreou.

28 Dates Later, by Willard Foxton: Part Ten, the Cougar
By Willard Foxton - 12 March 9:48

In which Willard dates an older woman.

Should feminists lay off Rihanna?
By Sarah Ditum - 11 March 10:20

The pop star gets criticised for her hypersexual persona - and for returning to the man who abused her. But before you attack her choices, work out what you'd do if someone you actually knew was making the same mistakes.

In defence of JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy
By Sarah Ditum - 10 March 9:32

Rowling is often presented as a stultifyingly middle-class and cosy writer. That's unfair, says Sarah Ditum: her adult fiction makes a clear political point in a way few modern novels do.