In the Critics this week

A new short story by Tessa Hadley, Aretha Franklin on the radio and science-fiction in literature.

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This week's New Statesman is our summer fiction special, with an exclusive short story by Tessa Hadley, "Journey Home". Adam Kirsch reviews Open City - Teju Cole's debut novel mainly set in New York after 11 September 2001. Sophie Elmhirst interviews Vendela Vida about new novel The Lovers and Samira Shackle reviews Hari Kunzru's Gods Without Men. Our film critic Ryan Gilbey reports on The Interrupters, which about Chicago's gang wars, Antonia Quirke finds fault with a radio documentary about Aretha Franklin and William Wiles visits a sci-fi exhibition. Plus: Rachel Cooke gives advice on how to use archives creatively and Will Self discusses the madness of crowds.