Paddy Cosgrave: founder of The Web Summit. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

This year’s Web Summit may be the last in Dublin – now where have we heard that before? Summit organiser Paddy Cosgrave clearly likes to keep local ad(...)

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave

This year may be the last time that the Web Summit is held in Ireland, according to the event’s founder Paddy Cosgrave. Speaking at the Web Summit’s (...)

David Kelly and Brendan Cauldwell in RTÉ’s 1980 adaptation of ‘Strumpet City’ - James Plunkett’s book  was the most borrowed adult fiction from public libraries in 2013

Strumpet City was the most borrowed book of adult fiction from public libraries last year, new figures show. Library users also elevated Fifty Shades (...)

Audrey Tautou: ‘Fame is something that scares me more than it attracts me’

Out here in Anglophonia, we are wary of granting proper stardom to any actor who doesn’t speak the language. It can happen, of course. But to fully cr(...)

At the book club recently, something unusual happened. As a group, consensus is not something we usual dabble in. Usually, it’s cockt(...)

Andre Rieu: we might wish to ban his glutinous waltz-terrorism, along with stonewashed denim and mummy porn, but really we can’t.

Let’s ban everything “we” find aesthetically unpleasing. You know it makes sense. With such a policy in place, “we” would see the end of stonewashed d(...)

What do we make of the bidding war currently raging around the latest pseudonymously published novel by JK Rowling? We’ll tell you.Some time ago this (...)

Amazon has reported a loss for the second quarter of the year as operating expenses rose 23 per cent to $15.6 billion. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Online retailer Amazon has announced a surprise reversal in profits after another period of booming sales failed to offset a surge in costs.The intern(...)

You win: Patrick Freyne cedes victory to Dawn O’Porter

COLUM McCANN ‘I play Scrabble in international Scrabble tournaments,” says Colum McCann.“Really?” I ask.“No. I haven’t played for four or five years.”(...)

Inferno, by Dan Brown
  • Books
  • May 25, 2013, 02:00

Over the years people have asked: “What is art?” Dan Brown answers: “Art is clues!” Clues to what? “Clues to crimes!” That’s as good an answer (...)