Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious with his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in 1978. Photograph: Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

It is because of Heathcliff that we are like this,” Susan says and takes another sip from the salt-rimmed glass. “It was irresponsible of them to tea(...)

At the Place de la République impromptu public art was taking its place on people’s cameras. Volunteers were picking their way gently through the commemorative flowers and removing those that really had given up their ghosts. Photograph: Fintan Vallely

Dear readers, An artist friend, Claire Espanel, was showing her work in Paris at the Mac2000 exhibition: spirit-like pieces, including a haunting r(...)

Algerian migrants in a bus after they were arrested by French police during a brutal police crackdown on October 17th 1961. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/Archives

At the opening session of the talks which led to the latest Stormont House Agreement, Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers called for “a fresh approach(...)

French new wave: François Ozon shooting his film Young & Beautiful

François Ozon first came to prominence in 1998, when Sitcom, his debut feature, won over critics and an international audience. The Paris-born film-ma(...)

UNDATED -- BC-TRAVEL-TIMES-PARIS-LEFT-BANK-ART-NYTSF -- Saturday Evening: At the Eiffel Tower, experience lÕheure bleue, that magical twilight when the whole city is suffused in an ethereal light. Two elevators will whoosh you to the top (or, if youÕre feeling dauntless, tackle the 1,665 steps. Or cross the river and, within sight of the tower, join the ballroom dancers at the Trocadero. (CREDIT: Chris Carmichael for The New York Times)

While the Right Bank of Paris has seen internationalism and the irrepressible rise of “bobos”, the Left Bank has been able to preserve the soul of (...)

Last year the writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh created a series of hand-drawn bookmarks of some of her female literary heroes. Among them were G(...)

Ciarán Clark: ‘We all had the idea to make it into a proper library.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Capel Street in Dublin has a habit of throwing up surprises, and a new project there is attempting to revitalise a literary resource that had falle(...)

The bisexual novelist and memoirist Violette Leduc was born in 1907, the illegitimate offspring of a maid and her employer. Ledoc’s education was i(...)

Mount Holyoke students in their dorm room. Photograph from the book Seven Sisters Style

If one trend has been unfairly put through the wringer, it’s the preppy look. Internationally, it’s seen as the preserve of blonde, lacrosse-playing t(...)

Richard Dawkins ‘throws out the baby with the bathwater’

Public debate on religion follows a depressingly familiar course these days. An equivalent of Godwin’s Law operates whereby the longer an online di(...)