Amanda Palmer on the streets of Dublin in 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The ukulele may be the most offensive of non-instruments, but Amanda Palmer’s minimalist efforts do something towards reviving its credibility. Her op(...)

Josie Long: ‘Stand-up does feel a lot more pluralistic and interesting now’. Photograph: Giles Smith

‘This is definitely the most personal show I’ve written,” says Josie Long. She’s known as a comedian, activist, cartoonist and film-maker, given to(...)

Chris Hadfield, the former astronaut and YouTube star who has 1.2 million Twitter followers, will become one of the first authors to try and sell their books directly on Twitter. (Photograph: Commander Chris Hadfield/YouTube)

Do tweets sell books? It has long been a question for publishers and authors, who have started relying heavily on social media to promote books as the(...)

Emily Carroll is a 31-year-old graphic artist based in Ontario. Within a year of drawing her first comic strip, in 2010, she had caused an online stir(...)

Tori Amos: ‘I can’t snap my fingers and say: I’m going to write something great today. It doesn’t work that way – for me, anyway’

Say what you like about Tori Amos, but you can’t accuse her of coasting through life. She established herself as both a successful and diverse alterna(...)

Well, the Oscars managed to entertain the interwebs this week. Host Ellen DeGeneres set a new record for most retweeted photo ever with her cel(...)

The link between educational underachievement, social empowerment and drug crime is real and complex.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Author Neil Gaiman wrote recently about a lecture he attended organised by private prison operators in New York. In planning for future capacity needs(...)

I generally await the release of new Douglas Coupland books the way I used to with new albums by favourite bands way back when. Some I love and som(...)

Michael Scott: the  myth-master signs off with The Enchantress.
Science takes on magic
  • Books
  • July 6, 2013, 01:00

The magic of one generation may be the science of another but, not infrequently, the discourses of magic and science co-exist. The Sturm und Drang of (...)

It’s hard to avoid two words when the future of the music industry is being discussed. As labels, artists, distributors, agents, A&R, promoters, c(...)