Michael Palin will be appearing in a virtual pub chat. Photograph: Tom Jamieson/The New York Times

A Night in with Robert Webb Thursday, April 29th, 6.30pm, £8-£15, https://www.fane.co.uk Comedian and author Robert Webb. File photograph: (...)

Now, more than ever, we need our ability to entertain contradictory ideas; to glean some empathy for and understanding of the lives of others. Photograph: Getty

F Scott Fitzgerald wrote that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time”. Or, as Ja(...)

1951 in Washington DC: Budd Schulberg before the House Un-American Activities Committee where he admitted that he joined the Communist Party in 1937 but that he broke with the Reds in 1939. Photograph: Getty Images

One evening in New York, I was introduced to Budd Schulberg. He was over 90 years old then and sitting on the fringes of a large crowd but his face wa(...)

Simon & Schuster had a string of political bestsellers in this election year,  including Mary Trump’s family memoir, Rage by Bob Woodward and Sean Hannity’s Live Free or Die. Photograph: iStock

Bertelsmann has agreed to buy Simon & Schuster for almost $2.2 billion (€1.85 billion), with the owner of Penguin Random House insisting it is “ve(...)

A person holds Donald Trump baby balloons in  San Francisco, California on Saturday. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

We expected more of Donald Trump. An epic, Jack Nicholson-in-the-Overlook-Hotel meltdown, not just Rose Garden-variety mewling. A conspiracy with gran(...)

Over the years, Sufjan Stevens has explored and expanded upon the mythology of America. Here he interrogates that mythology. The result is a holy trin(...)

James Lee Burke. Photograph: Frank Veronsky

THE Author discusses his southern roots, the challenges of the US class system and his time as a crime reporter  Spending time with James L(...)

F Scott Fitzgerald: his debut novel was published one hundred years ago today. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Published a hundred years ago today to immense and immediate acclaim, F Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel This Side of Paradise – the book that launched (...)

Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in the 1974 film The Great Gatsby. F Scott Fitzgerald’s quintessential Jazz Age novel, written five years into Prohibition, is drenched in champagne and other illicit alcohol. As was its author. Photograph: AP

This month marks the centenary of an experiment that forever changed the United States of America. In January 1920, Prohibition was enacted. The 18th (...)

Bullfight on Third Avenue by Eddie Naughton

Bullfight on Third Avenue Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin. Previews July 8th-9th. Opens July 10th-Aug 3rd, 1pm bewleyscafetheatre.com Literary scholar(...)

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