Alexandra Kleeman: “The author is great on the beauty industry, including a wonderful sequence where A literally paints B to life.”

“B and I were both petite, pale, and prone to sunburn. We had dark hair, pointy chins, and skinny wrists; we wore size six shoes. If you reduced each (...)

In tune with his times: Richard Fariña plays harmonica with Eric von Schmidt in 1963. Photograph: Redferns/Getty

He is almost forgotten now, but 50 years ago Richard Fariña seemed poised for fame. The only issue was whether he would follow a literary or a musical(...)

Paul Thomas Anderson: “You mellow out as you get older . . . There is less fighting than there used to be. I used to think that I had to plant a flag and talk louder than anybody else.”

Have we killed Paul Thomas Anderson? We are in Paris. The director is nearing the end of two days’ publicity for his elegiac, pretzel- plotted (...)

Former winner Colum McCann has had his book Transatlantic submitted for consideration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 20th International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist announced on Monday includes two former winners. The award that has achieved so much in al(...)

Edward Snowden: never loud or showy

Edward Snowden worked deep inside America’s Dark State as a contract systems administrator for the NSA. His position allowed him to access millions(...)

Polite, eternally self-effacing and, at the age of 42, still letting his eyes retreat behind a diffident fringe, Jonny Greenwood is not a man given(...)

21st-century Foxx

Settled by the Dutch during the 1650s, Oyster Bay, Long Island is one of America’s oldest addresses. Impeccably manicured, with tasteful flourishes(...)

Khumba

This South African animation is just too good. Hang on. We had better clarify. I mean “too” entirely literally and “just” in the sense of “by a(...)

It seems we are a very severely divided nation. This should not come as any enormous surprise. Each week we read of red-faced property developers eati(...)

Colin Barrett: bends language to expose new angles

In a Dublin cafe, a few minutes into an interview with Colin Barrett, he does that thing all storytellers do without realising: he imparts an innocuou(...)