The then US president Barack Obama presents the National Humanities Medal to Philip Roth at the White House in March 2011. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

“If I’m not an American, I’m nothing,” the writer Philip Roth once said. Roth, one of the giants of American literature, passed away on Tuesday night (...)

 Writer Tom Wolfe arrives at Time magazine’s 100 most influential people dinner in New York, US, April  2005. File photograph: Jeff Christensen/Reuters

Tom Wolfe, the essayist, journalist and author of bestselling books including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vani(...)

Flint-hard: Claire Danes in Homeland

Few jobs are so interesting that a camera crew can knock two hours of relatively consecutive, engaging television out of them. Even actors describe(...)