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(...)

‘Just paying for housework isn’t going to rebalance human lives’

There is an emerging consensus from economists across the political spectrum that the current model of capitalism is broken. What is less clear is (...)

Ernest Hemingway on the cover of Picture Post in 1954. Photograph: Earl Theisen/Picture Post/IPC/Getty

RAISING THE FLAG: SPOILS OF WARHistory decomposes into images, not into narratives. Walter BenjaminA Soviet soldier raises the red flag on the roof of(...)

Andre Schiffrin in France in April , 1999.

André Schiffrin, who has died in Paris aged 78, was a force in the American book world for more than 50 years. His passion for editorial independence (...)

French author and philosopher Albert Camus (1913-1960) on a terrace outside his Paris office in 1957. Photograph: Loomis Dean/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

That Camus became one of the finest writers of the 20th century and a Nobel laureate is something of a miracle. The writer was born 100 years ago, on (...)

French literary critic and author Frederic Beigbeder, one of the signatories of the petition. Photograph: François Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

A group of French intellectuals have come under fire from feminists over a magazine petition in which several high-profile male journalists, commentat(...)

European commissioner Máire  Geoghegan-Quinn at an announcement in 2011 of EU funding of €7 billion for research and innovation.

Sciences are conventionally divided between the hard and soft, the harder ones more reliable, even more true. Mathematical modelling, big data (...)