Paddy Considine: “I thought maybe I was one of those guys like Alex Ferguson; that I’d be better in management than I was as a player. I felt very insecure about acting, so I thought I’d be happier behind the camera.” Photograph: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

At first glance, Journeyman looks like another one of those appositely scrappy, noble British boxing films. Actor Paddy Considine’s second outing as a(...)

George Plimpton plays against a blindfolded Paul Magriel in 1977

Long after his participatory journalism heyday had passed, George Plimpton got into the arena to measure himself against the professionals one more ti(...)

Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer celebrates scoring against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

I have, of late, been reading quite a bit of George Plimpton, and his various misadventures in the world of professional sports. For anyone who has se(...)

 Muhammad Ali (right) covers up against George Foreman during their world heavyweight boxing title fight in Kinshasa, Zaire.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Muhammad Ali rumbled in the jungle with George Foreman exactly 40 years ago on Thursday, they were safely distant from the dying embers of a con(...)

Mad Men: the TV series has featured work by the wonderful American poet Frank O’Hara

Is this the consequence of an overly optimistic disposition or is poetry everywhere in recent times? Devotees of B(...)

Sexual fulfilment is a contentious arena, rife with insecurity, terror, need and an element of calculation. It is also the most difficult terra(...)

Photograph: Julien Chatelin/Rex Features

On a cold recent day the ocean at Bridgehampton is vast and grey; the waves crash, as in James Salter’s story My L(...)

Empress of Fashion

‘I’ve always been so flattered that anyone, whatever his status, feels he can ask me to a party.” Have you ever read anything so ambiguously gr(...)