Laura Lippman: bestselling author who sparked the recent “no make-up selfie” phenomenon

Laura Lippman has been awarded every major prize in crime fiction. Since the publication of What the Dead Know each of her novels has hit the New Y(...)

Participants of the Krewe of Zulu parade hand out painted coconuts to spectators; a reveller parades through the French Quarter. Photograph: Dan Anderson/EPA

After the feast comes the famine. It’s the day after Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the city is muted. They call it Trash Wednesday, as the move(...)

‘The title character’s goodness is only relative to the more explicitly debauched characters that pass through.’ Julian Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife

Alicia Florrick stands apart from most of the middle-aged television protagonists to be found angrily meth-dealing and politicking their way across ou(...)

Create antiheroes: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge in the new series of ‘Love/Hate’

Love/Hate is as good as an American TV drama. This sentence is said often and with surprise. The surprise is that an Irish drama could be so good; 20 (...)

Skydiving into Los Santos: the open-world experience of Grand Theft Auto V is remarkable - but can it compare to watching a movie?

If there’s a vowel in the month, then it must be time to wonder if the movies are still any sort of viable medium. Two recent phenomena prompt us to g(...)

“Many journalists have seen their world of journalism shrunk in a matter of years. Not just the job culls which have now reached tens of thousands, but stories, page count, sections, international, national and business news have been scaled down. Some describe it as death by small cuts. Many skillsets have almost vanished. Subs, or copy editors, have been reduced and full-time photographers have become an endangered species.”

Not surprisingly it is journalists who are at the heart of the debate looking for solutions to save journalism. As 400 delegates representing journali(...)

A man stands in front of a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California. Voters there have strongly supported a measure to sharply curtail the number of medical such dispensaries  in Los Angeles. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

While we were busy eliminating smoking by making the packets look like cool posters from the golden era of Italian horror, something considerably more(...)

Iggy and the Stooges performing at Mohawk during the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas this month. Photograph: Josh Haner/The New York Times

The gap between the truly great and the merely good is always widening. There has never been so much music, film, literature, TV, art, theatre (...)