As the songwriter turns 80, New Statesman contributors reflect on the many facets of his character and career.
The New Yorker journalist, who has died aged 86, was one of the greatest practitioners of her trade, as well as its most penetrating interrogator.
Recorded on location at the RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, the programme is peppered with birdsong and the buzz of grasshoppers, giving it a lively, absorbing feel.
In this tedious and excruciating film, Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy play a warring couple trapped together in lockdown.
A well-meaning scientist with an interest in mushrooms travels to a remote ecological centre in the aftermath of an unspecified, disastrous plague.
BY PHILIPPA SNOW
Why the artist was hailed by Aaron Burr as “the first painter that now is or ever has been in America”.
Anthro-Vision by Tett, Napoleon: A Life in Gardens and Shadows by Scurr, The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock by White and Red Milk by Sjón,
In the 19th century Garibaldi united a divided country. Today’s polarised politics could benefit from his pragmatic idealism.
The pandemic has destroyed countless community and public assets, but the power of local identity remains vital to our recovery.
Fifty years on, the record still feels like a puff of air between your ribs.
The French novelist reflects on the work of Nelson Mandela, being painted by Chagall and 18th century French literature.
There are more bees in the garden than I have ever seen before, more butterflies, more moths, more everything.
Since last summer I have loitered with intent in Switzerland, Sicily and Greece. Am I a modern-day Typhoid Mary?
In June, dating app activity surged. But this doesn't necessarily mean a summer of casual dating.
BY ELEANOR PEAKE AND KATHARINE SWINDELLS
Lockdown has caused misery for those whose events have been planned for years – but why do we still hanker after the big white wedding anyway?
Released during the solar eclipse, Lorde’s first song in four years is an uplifting ode to the summer.
The ex-Congressman and convicted sex offender raises the question: can the commodification of shame really bring about ethical redemption?
Barry Jenkins’s exploration of slavery in The Underground Railroad is undeniably traumatic to watch. But does that make it “trauma porn”?
BY MICHA FRAZER-CARROLL
Many parents wonder how hard it is to write a children's book. But this collection of platitudes about paternal love is barely readable.
Two new books capture the resilient spirit of New York City – and the people who call it home.
Sean Bean and Stephen Graham are utterly sensational in portraying two men trapped inside.