Igor Stravinsky  at Dublin Airport in 1963. Photograph: Tommy Collins/The Irish Times

It’s mostly forgotten now, more than half a century on, but John F Kennedy was not the only international celebrity to visit Ireland in June 1963. T(...)

Fire fighters work to extinguish a fire that broke out on the top floor of the Ritz hotel in Paris, France, 19th January 2016. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Flames spread through the top floor of the luxury Ritz Paris hotel on Tuesday, as some 60 firefighters tried to put out a fire which threatened the wo(...)

Bush Moukarzel: ‘The experience is supposed to feel as complicated and layered as it feels like to have a mind. That’s the mess.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s hard to find anybody with a good word to say about Platonov. That’s as true of the dissolute character at the centre of Anton Chekhov’s first (...)

“When the State pays, it doesn’t mean that the poor subsidise the wealthy”

Prof Thomas Docherty has been an outspoken critic of the marketisation of education, and last year he found himself at the centre of a row over “ac(...)

Job done: Oliver Wilson  celebrates with his caddie on the 18th green  after winning the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course  in St Andrews. Photo:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty

It is often wisely quoted to a flagging player on tour that it only takes a week to turn things around. This mantra tends to be used more so at this c(...)

Paul (Guillaume Gouix) is a cosseted and mute piano prodigy who lives with his two maiden aunts in a heavily stylised version of Paris. Paul’s life is(...)

All familiar journeys evoke mental associations that, once acquired, become indelible. So it is with the road between Ballybay and Clones, which for m(...)

Viv Albertine: “Yoko Ono opened up my mind, better than drugs. Short sentences. Sort of surreal but also practical and direct. Concepts made playful and palatable. She showed me you can do anything and go anywhere in your head.”

Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in the hugely influential female punk band The Slits. A confidante of the Sex Pistols and t(...)

Google Inc branded candy on display inside the company’s offices in Berlin, Germany. The European Court of Justice ruled last week that Google and other search engines can be forced to remove search results.  Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The Right to Be Forgotten. It sounds like the title of a classic novel about desire and memory, perhaps Marcel Proust’s sequel to Remembrance of Th(...)

“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” Ulysses, James Joyce. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill
Eat your words
  • Books
  • May 15, 2014, 15:22

“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(...)