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 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Bob Dylan:  “He wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible”. Photograph: Jeffrey R Staab/CBS via Getty Images

Bob Dylan will not attend a ceremony in Stockholm next month to pick up his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy has said. Dylan to(...)

Donald Trump: at his most ludicrous and vulgar he embodies the crisis of masculinity. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

When something as strange as Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential race happens it’s not because there is a crisis. It’s because there is a c(...)

 Ted Nugent performs  prior to the arrival of  Donald Trump and Mike Pence for their final campaign event of the 2016 presidential election. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty

When Donald Trump was asked about his position on the arts during his campaign, his answer revealed a lot. He replied by referencing the decorative pl(...)

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The late Leonard Cohen was not much associated with the concept of “crack”, in the Irish sense of that term. But as people who attended any of his glo(...)

Leonard Cohen takes a bow on stage in  Toronto in 2008. Photograph:  Aaron Harris/AP Photo/The Canadian Press

Vona Groarke “Dear Vona Groarke, I’m happy you exist.” July 18, 2000. Signed (in blue ink), ‘Leonard Cohen’. We were two poets trying to make a go o(...)

File photo taken in 2012 shows Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen taking off his hat to salute in Paris.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Leonard Cohen, the legendary singer-songwriter whose work inspired generations, has died at the age of 82. A post to his official Facebook page anno(...)

Jeff Buckley backstage at Trinity Ball

From The Smiths at Dundalk’s Fairways Hotel to Nirvana playing the Top Hat in Dún Laoghaire and David Bowie in the Baggot Inn, there are some concert(...)

Leonard Cohen on stage in Loerrach, Germany. File photograph: Rolf Haid/EPA

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at age 82, a statement on his Facebook page said. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet,(...)

Former president of the Irish Olympic Council Pat Hickey

We were rehearsing for a Halloween show during the week when the band suggested we play The Hurricane. “Just substitute Pat Hickey for Rubin Carter,”(...)

David Simon, creator of HBO series The Wire, called John Banville “f**knuts” on Twitter. Photograph: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Are you familiar with the word “f**knuts” ? Let the Urban Dictionary enlighten you: “A person so annoying and dumb that they can no longer be classed (...)

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