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Paul Merton: the comedian’s grandfather James Power was a British soldier turned revolutionary. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty

PAUL MERTON ON HIS IRISH REVOLUTIONARY GRANDFATHER, 30 YEARS OF HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, AND HIS NEW BOOK OF 80 FUNNY STORIES, SKETCHES AND SCRIPTS(...)

So rewarding: a marathon reading of Ulysses at UCLA in 2002. Photograph: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty

“I’ve never finished Proust or Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities or even The Brothers Karamazov,” Zadie Smith told the Guardian last week. I’m (...)

Trumpeter Ryan Quigley, who brings ‘Ella & Louis: Porgy & Bess’ to the National Concert Hall on Wednesday 11th.

Saturday, September 7th Honor Heffernan: The Whistling Girl High Tide Club, Castletown Bearhaven, Cork Composer Trevor Knight’s setting of the word(...)

‘Vita & Virginia’, starring Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki as Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf.

Here we have a film torn between brave experiment and on-after-Lovejoy heritage telly. The source material gestures in the safer direction. Chanya But(...)

Funeral, ceremony of burying a dead person. From the Latin funus. Photograph: iStock

Have you ever wondered about those compliments paid to the dead at funerals? You know the sort of thing: “He/she never said a bad word about anyone”, (...)

You want to see some form of justice is being doled out to this person who hurt you so deeply, so deliberately – but you’ll never see that on social media

Dear Roe, My ex and I were together for over two years, and he was a terrible person. He criticised me constantly, lied, cheated, played on every ins(...)

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born, 2018

Never mind adaptations of novels, plays and stories. As Bradley Cooper’s triumphant variation on A Star is Born – showcasing a revelatory turn by Lady(...)

Dorothy Parker, who is being celebrated in New York this week, Wednesday having been her 125th anniversary  

If television didn’t kill the art of conversation, entirely, the smartphone seems to have finished the job. It has eliminated the risk of casual disco(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

Step back: Will Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story move the action from the now-prized real estate of west Manhattan? Photograph: Ernst Haas/Hulton Archive

Top archaeologists have just released an analysis of pictograms accompanying Paleolithic cave paintings. They read as follows: “Another remake! Men th(...)

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