The novelist gives a rare interview to Soumya Bhattacharya for the New Statesman Centenary Issue.
Duncan Campbell, who knew many of the old-style robbers, explores why we all still love a villain.
Plus: a date with gay marriage.
Put not your trust in Princes - Psalm 146.
The humble charity shop will be hit by further financial burdens thanks to the government's new business rates scheme.
Jon Snow's diary.
The campaign group Femen, which has been protesting topless since 2010, is doing feminist activism in a way that's cynical, knowing, and effective.
Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.
In praise of the magnolia.
For many people, the internet doesn’t just confirm your existence: it is your existence.
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?
It’s not enough for us to sit back and wait for the system of power to become a little more equal.
Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.
The murder of Joseph Burke-Monerville in Hackney.
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.
In which Willard dates an older woman.
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.
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.
The heckling experienced by female debaters at Glasgow University Union is an unwelcome reminder of a previous age where personal insults were fair game. And anyone who disagrees is a dickless baboon.
It's not greed, it's not fraud, it's just more people needing help to live their lives, writes Declan Gaffney.
Not a single prominent financier or politician either predicted the economic disaster or has put forward any measure that has the remotest prospect of resolving the crisis.
Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.
"Quarter of a million quid for a wreck," he huffs…
Systematic abuse happens when the system is abusive.
A local news channel in Evansville, Indiana recently reported a story about a family who moved into a new house in south-east Missouri and found it infested with spiders. “I’ve counted over a hundred in the house right now,” said Darren Bockhorn, the new owner.
Every time a girl sees a shelf of science-related toys under a sign that says "boys", she is being told that the world thinks science is not for her.
Britain only permits two types of outrage today: dog-whistle disgust for the extremely poor and spanielish devotion to the aristocracy.
Dancing in the streets, a despondent David Cameron and the final frontier for women.