My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

The overture is not hopeful. Horses, horses, horses, as Patti Smith almost had it: pink, shining, with their noses definitely not aflame, because, of (...)

Some Dublin cafes have hit back the prospect of yet another Starbucks in the centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

Starbucks, oh how people love to hate you, and yet there’s always a queue at your tills. Every second someone somewhere in the world is forking o(...)

Sam Shepard: earthy, taciturn cowboy poet. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Sam Shepard Born: November 5th, 1943 Died: July 27th, 2017 Sam Shepard, an icon of the US counterculture whose expansive writing for stage and screen(...)

In his Nobel lecture, delivered by audio link, Bob Dylan says that songs are ‘unlike literature’. Photograph:  Lester Cohen/WireImage

So it turns out that the Nobel Prize in Literature does matter to Bob Dylan after all. He may barely have acknowledged the news that he won the award,(...)

A detail from the cover of Lady Gaga’s Artpop (2013)  by   Jeff Koons. Label: Interscope Records

There’s more to that record collection you’ve begun to accumulate than the sounds on the grooves. In front and around many great albums is very often (...)

Bob Dylan did not attend the Nobel prize ceremony in Stockholm. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images

Bob Dylan admitted he was stunned and surprised when he was told he had won a Nobel prize because he had never stopped to consider whether his songs w(...)

A very nervous Patti Smith initially stumbled through A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall in Stockholm on Saturday in a performance given to mark Bob Dylan’s N(...)

Oscar Wilde  wrote to the Daily Chronicle about the dismissal of one of Reading Gaol’s warders for giving a young child, imprisoned for poaching rabbits, a biscuit.

“Where there is sorrow,” wrote Oscar Wilde in De Profundis, the long letter he wrote in Reading Gaol, “there is holy ground.” Sites of suffering can (...)

I found myself at the Ellis Island museum last month staring at the statue of 17-year-old Annie Moore from Cork the first person to be processed throu(...)

Bono joins Bruce Springsteen on stage at Croke Park. Photograph: @fdomenella/Twitter

Bono joined Bruce Springsteen on stage during his second Croke Park gig on Sunday night. The U2 frontman joined Springsteen and the E Street Band f(...)