Tomorrow’s home action is National Hunt at Bellewstown and Limerick and in the long-term there was good jumping news for Naas yesterday with confir(...)

A Farewell to Arms

Frederic Henry (Gary Cooper) is an American serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army during the first World War. Off duty, he enjoys carousi(...)

Aidan O’Brien: has also left in the smart sprinter Guerre as well as Darwin in Sunday’s Group Two Prix Du Gros-Chene. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien can pick from three colts for Sunday’s €1.5 million French Derby at Chantilly with the trio including Geoffrey Chaucer, who is second-f(...)

Illustration: Clare Brennan

When he wasn’t writing very short stories or novels about war, Ernest Hemingway also came up with pithy remarks about being an author. “There is nothi(...)

“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” Ulysses, James Joyce. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill
Eat your words
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“I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.” Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez “And once I had recognis(...)

Akhil Sharma to aspiring authors: “Don’t do it! And if you are going to do it, take joy in the satisfactions that come from writing and don’t wait for the book to be done to be happy”. Photograph: Bill Miller

Born in India and raised in the US, Akhil Sharma is the author of An Obedient Father, for which he won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2001 Whiti(...)

Chris Pavone: Books are for readers, and chances are fairly high that they don’t care about you, even a tiny bit. They want to be entertained or educated or seduced or terrified or blown away by the beauty of a spectacular sentence, and their desires are probably not going to be satisfied with 115,000 words about your teenage angst.
Brought to book: Chris Pavone
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Chris Pavone follows the success of his first novel, The Expats, a Kindle number one bestseller and a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller, with The Acci(...)

Marlene Dietrich met Ernest Hemingway on the New York-bound liner Ile de France in 1934 and went on to enjoy a lifelong friendship.

A surreal, graphic letter from Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich, in which the author addresses the film star as “Dearest Kraut” and imagines he(...)

Ahmad Jamal: ‘There’s no such thing as old music. It’s either good or bad. They’re still playing Debussy’s Clair de Lune. How old is that?’ Photograph: JB Millot

Ahmad Jamal wears his “living legend” tag lightly. One of the most celebrated pianists in American music for the better part of six decades, he is cit(...)

Ernest Hemingway on the cover of Picture Post in 1954. Photograph: Earl Theisen/Picture Post/IPC/Getty

RAISING THE FLAG: SPOILS OF WARHistory decomposes into images, not into narratives. Walter BenjaminA Soviet soldier raises the red flag on the roof of(...)