Ed Smith is a journalist and author, most recently of Luck. He is a former professional cricketer and played for both Middlesex and England.
Modernism's legacy seems to dominate refined taste - but you can't underestimate the power of a great story.
Instead of playing to win, politicians are seeking not to lose.
"A tiny business with proper values can make a disproportionate contribution to civic life."
If this kind of performance is what you get after six months of dedicated planning, then less planning sounds good to me.
The conflict between instict and reason has left me having a small domestic disagreement in my head.
There's a fear that politicians are merely polishing the surface, allowing the decay to spread.
Self-improvement isn’t about making our best better – but about making our worst less bad.
Demonising social luck does not increase social justice.
The best way to look successful is to tell people how busy you are.
Black tie is still a code, of course, but not really a dress code. It is code language. It shouts to the sober world: we are on a serious bender here, so give us a wide berth.
Buy a friend or loved one a subscription to the New Statesman this Christmas, or treat yourself to weekly issues of high-quality and independent journalism.
Our Christmas subscriptions come with a complementary gift bundle worth £92. Browse our New Statesman subscription options here.