Dorothy Parker

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‘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(...)

It’s not like Honor Heffernan has anything to prove. For the last three decades, she’s been Ireland’s pre-eminent jazz singer, a riveting performer wh(...)

 JP Donleavy at his home,  Levington Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

JP Donleavy, who has died at the age of 91, was best known as the author of The Ginger Man, the critically acclaimed comic masterpiece. It is estimate(...)

Karl Geary: has written a luminous first novel  full of tension and tenderness. Photograph: Ollie Grove

“You were the hero in your dream of saving her, even with everything you didn’t know about her.” Sixteen-year-old Sonny is a romantic at heart, the yo(...)

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