The Best of The New Statesman
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The New Statesman on Art
Art from a nation under attack
Whether sketching in bomb shelters or escaping the capital with unruly pets, Ukrainian illustrators and artists bear witness to the fear, heroism and solidarity of their countrymen – and issue an…
Nick Cave: “I don’t think art should be in the hands of the virtuous”
The musician on why Morrissey matters, his deepening faith and grieving for his sons.
The New Statesman on Books
Books of the year 2022
New Statesman writers and guests choose their favourite reading of 2022.
The poetic history of David Graeber
The posthumous publication of “Pirate Enlightenment” shows how the anarchist, like any true intellectual, never grew out of his childhood passions.
The New Statesman on Friendship
What is romantic friendship?
Deep and lasting connection comes in many forms: we need a new vocabulary to talk about love.
The New Statesman on History
How Europe is entering a dark new age of division
Russia’s war in Ukraine poses a grave threat to Nato’s eastern states. As Britain doubles its military presence in Estonia, the dread of the Cold War is returning – and the West is braced for conflict…
How Christopher Wren built Britain
He became the nation’s greatest architect – but studied astronomy and anatomy first. To Wren, building was a three-dimensional science.
The New Statesman on Russia
John Mearsheimer and the dark origins of realism
Rage aimed at the eminent international relations scholar reflects liberal frustration over the West's limited power to prevent Russia's war in Ukraine.
The exemplary resilience of Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukrainians are showing Vladimir Putin, and the world, what nationhood should mean
The New Statesman on Twitter
The world can no longer afford for Twitter to be run so badly
Its outage this week was irksome for us – but a matter of life and death for Turks and Syrians.
The New Statesman on War
The Ukraine war is shifting Europe’s balance of power from west to east
For the first time since 1989, central and eastern states are spearheading the continent’s response to a major crisis.
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Six months that have changed the world
The war in Ukraine has taken us into a new, dark period of history – and democracy seems ever more fragile.
How TS Eliot found happiness
Withdrawn and prejudiced, the poet is hard to warm to – but Robert Crawford’s new biography shows how Eliot’s second marriage transformed his life.
From aardvark to woke: inside the Oxford English Dictionary
The OED’s task – to define every part of the world’s most spoken language – is as ambitious as it was 150 years ago.
Nietzsche before the breakdown
Living in Italy in the 1880s, the ailing philosopher prophesied the West’s violent decline – but not even he could prevent it.
Judith Butler on the culture wars, JK Rowling and living in “anti-intellectual times”
Thirty years ago, the philosopher Judith Butler, now 64, published a book that revolutionised popular attitudes on gender. Gender Trouble, the work she is perhaps best known for, introduced ideas of…
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The New Statesman on Social Media
The restoration of the coffeehouse
How a centuries-old institution can save today’s faltering social media culture.