A recent video in The Onion site dared film critics, when reviewing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to break sinews in their search for pretentious me(...)

Former minister for finance Ernest Blythe who, in a previous era of austerity, cut the old-age pension still found public funds to translate Dracula i(...)

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(...)

Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez has won this year’s Impac award for his novel The Sound of Things Falling. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

For only the second time in its 19-year history the International Impac Dublin Literary Award has been won by a Spanish-language work. Colombian write(...)

Immersion project: Richard Mosse, installing The Enclave at the RHA. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Richard Mosse’s six-screen film installation The Enclave plunges us into a world that is unfamiliar, in more ways than one. Shot in the provinces of N(...)

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Prince Avalanche

One of Hollywood’s odder careers veers back towards the high ground with this thoughtful, dryly funny variation on the 2011 Icelandic comedy Either Wa(...)

 Know your art from your elbow: graffiti by Sums at this year’s Bridge Jam street-art festival in Drogheda, Co Louth

You can coast through school on a diet of whatever you’re told and what your friends like, but college is different. Now you have to be a cultural (...)

Having conducted research over four decades, and using literary, anthropological, historical and cultural analysis, Brian Earls felt he could depict the vanished world of the Irish peasantry from within and on its own terms.

Brian Earls, who has died aged 66, was a diplomat and scholar whose chief interest was the oral transmission of folk stories and the changes that occu(...)