No smoke without ire: PJ O’Rourke at his farmhouse in New Hampshire in 2004. Photograph: Michele McDonald/Boston Globe

In 1979 PJ O’Rourke wrote an essay called How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink. It extolled the u(...)

Rhona Murphy, chief executive of The Daily Beast

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Elizabeth Jane Howard: her intellect was the kind you don’t have to notice, not until that shaft of identification, of knowingness, of unuttered empathy or wisdom slides through the words

This is not an obituary. It is only a memory, but of an experience that briefly linked my life to that of the English writer Elizabeth Jane Howard, wh(...)

The Beatles in 1967: ‘Paul filled the vacuum after Brian Epstein died. I think John was a bit begrudging. George was very introverted. Ringo was depicted as the joker, but I thought he was quite wise’

Paul Howard, biographer of Tara Browne, the 1960s peer, scenester and alleged subject of the Beatles song A Day in the Life, is chatting to film-maker(...)

Alan Bennett: mistaken for a Coronation Street star. Photograph: Marco Secchi/Getty

In 1982, when Nina Stibbe was 20, she moved from Leicestershire to London to take a job as nanny to two young boys. Her employer was Mary-Kay Wilmers,(...)

As a teacher I have never been fond of sublime questions. What is truth? What is literature? When I think of the latter question I content myself with(...)