Credit: Martin O’Neill for New Statesman
By Howard Jacobson, Will Self, Germaine Greer, Imogen Stubbs, Simon Callow, James Shapiro, Colm Toibin, Rowan Williams, Andrew Marr, Daljit Nagra.
To mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, our contributors nominate the works that speak most urgently to the 21st century.
By Kate Mossman
I should have cancelled but there was not a chance in hell. The shit I went through on that last tour. I have earned this grey hair.”
By Julie Burchill
Reading Abramović’s memoir is rather like watching EastEnders: I didn’t learn anything about performance art reading it, but I can’t deny I had fun.
Credit: Cameron Law for New Statesman
By D J Taylor
Book reviewing used to be a blood sport. How has it become so benign and polite?
He gave a total stranger $50,000 in cash: the strange, multi-million dollar empire of Trans-Siberian Orchestra
By Kate Mossman
Kate Mossman meets the man behind one of the world’s wealthiest rock bands.
By Anna Leszkiewicz
Gilmore Girls is fundamentally about two things: inheritance and community. The four seasons are crucial in exploring those themes.
By John Gray
Father than denying the contradictoriness of being human, Empson revelled in it, as The Face of Buddha reveals.
By Frances Wilson
Monstrous Progeny invites us to reflect on two hundred years of a prolific, and horrific, creation.
By Michael Prodger
Famous for his eerie First World War paintings, a new exhibition reminds us why Paul Nash was the greatest British artist of the first half of the 20th century.
By Steven Poole
A new outpouring of books show masculinity isn’t in crisis, human beings are.
By Andrew Dickon
There is a diversity crisis in British TV and film as, increasingly, stars are decamping to America to make their career there.