William Melvin Kelley delivers his observations with caustic humour and surprising compassion

What would have happened if black Americans refused to accept a subordinated life in the South in the 1950s? This is the premise of William Melvin Kel(...)

The ease of access and entry of walking is part of the lure, and it’s an open season sport too

Just when it felt like this annual lauding of sport season couldn’t get any more tedious or forlorn, suddenly something is so humbly recognised that i(...)

Mark Lowen (left) and  Joe O’Carroll of Gaelectric Energy Solutions with their solar roof installation on the roof of Butlers Chocolate factory in Coolock, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Every year Earth Day takes place in April, a national event conceived originally to encourage people to focus on their environment after founder Gaylo(...)

Bill Lee: On different days, he took to the field wearing a gas mask, a Daniel Boone coonskin cap, and a hat with a helicopter propeller whizzing around on top.

The candidate listed on the ballot as Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee turned up for the first Vermont gubernatorial debate, wearing jeans and a rather garish Hawa(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and president of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne, hold a F1 car model at the stock exchange as the Ferrari luxury carmaker made its Milan stock market debut, in Milan, Italy, on Monday, January 4th. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/Ansa Via AP
Planet Business

Image of the week: Ministerial car So is this where the profits go? Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (left) does a decent job of looking interes(...)

Escaping the city to commune with nature is not a new concept. Since the dawn of time people have withdrawn from society to live a simpler life. In(...)

Cork’s Graham Canty, left, and former Kerry footballer Séamus Moynihan carry the Sam Maguire Cup to the summit of Carrauntoohil, Co Kerry, during the ‘Sam to Summit’ in aid of the Alan Kerins Project. Photo:  Valerie O’Sullivan/Sportsfile

Darkness at the break of noon, as the summit, almost vertically above us now, is suddenly eclipsed, and shadows itself from the big hard sun. No one s(...)

Burning at the stake: it took a long time for humanity to learn it was not necessary to persecute people on the basis of their beliefs. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

The philosopher Nicolas de Condorcet believed in progress. Looking around him in late 18th-century France, he saw improvement everywhere, a trend he t(...)

Making Steven Soderbergh seem like a slouch, Shane Carruth writes, directs, produces, edits, shoots and acts in this transcendent, delayed follow-up t(...)

How neat it is when a film director admits to a childhood experience that seems to gesture towards their later career. Alfred Hitchcock was fond of ex(...)