Personal brushes with addiction: Johann Hari. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Johann Hari, who has just published a book about the drug war that is filled with tales of redemption, doesn’t want redemptive narratives about his ow(...)

As an intellectual and man of letters (puffs on pipe), I like – when not engaged with my books and studies – to spend my evenings watching The Lear(...)

Beck doesn’t mind repeating himself. Last year’s Morning Phase, a beautifully produced, glacially slow album of bittersweet isolation is essentiall(...)

For 44 episodes, we’ve been watching the story of two feuding families – one poor, one rich-ish – living in the fictional suburb of Red Rock. As an(...)

A self-portrait by cult comic-book creator Daniel Clowes

Superheroes have taken over the world and Daniel Clowes is confused. Clowes, a creator of weird and wonderful indie comics for more than 30 years, (...)

In CSI: Cyber (RTE2, Tues) FBI Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) plays a behavioural psychologist who heads up a team of computer boffin(...)

Linda Cullen and Feargha Ní Bhroan with their twin 5-year-old children Tess and Rosa Cullen Byrne after voting in Monkstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

  Orla Howard and Grainne Courtney  “It like Christmas Eve when I was a ten-year-old,” says Gráinne. “I couldn’t wait for nine o’(...)

 Micheal Baron (left) founder of Belong with his husband Jamie Nanci at North Strand polling station. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Orla Howard and Grainne Courtney For a long time, says Orla Howard, she has pictured “walking up the hill, as a family, to the polling station.” Orla (...)

I have a vague childhood memory of collecting tadpoles for school (before this was considered cruel) and the teacher accidentally leaving them in a(...)

Tom Kitt: “I found it hard to call myself a professional poker player . . . The first question people ask at a wedding is, ‘What do you do?’ And I wonder, ‘Do I tell them?’” Photograph: Danny Maxwell

There’s a sound like that made by crickets in the conference room at the Regency Hotel in Dublin. It’s the sound of hundreds of people flicking their (...)