Can you criss-cross America without gasoline? Technically, yes. But America has 100 filling stations for every Tesla station.

“Where we going, man?” asks the narrator, Sal Paradise, in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. “I don’t know but we gotta go,” replies his friend Dean Moriar(...)

Tim MacGabhann: from Kilkenny to Mexico

“The verb is the writer sticking his nose in,” Elmore Leonard famously wrote in his rules for fiction. The award-winning American crime writer was ref(...)

The Polish Murphia: Mikolaj, Spud, Agnieszka and Malwina

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‘I am not surprised by the allegations against Ryan Adams.’ File photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/The New York Times

My approach to writing about music is to do it up close. This approach is not for everyone. Many critics – and there is no right or wrong to this – fl(...)

James Mustich: “I spent 14 years writing this and I know that I’m going to spend the next 14 years hearing from people what should have been in it.”

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List, by the American author James Mustich, is best understood less as a book, more as a kind of i(...)

US president Donald Trump:  the US midtterm elections take place on Tuesday, November 6th. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

During the long and increasingly grim political summer of 2016, amidst the first presidential campaign for which I was back in the US after eight year(...)

Johnny Depp: Excellent in ‘Ed Wood’

The grim soap opera that is Johnny Depp’s career – less Dynasty, more a gothic telenovela – took another swerve last week with the publication of a fa(...)

Racegoers shelter from the rain on Ladies Day at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Galway Races are decadent and depraved. Or is that the Kentucky Derby? Either way, as you read this, I’m there – probably trying to “pace myself”(...)

 Writer Tom Wolfe arrives at Time magazine’s 100 most influential people dinner in New York, US, April  2005. File photograph: Jeff Christensen/Reuters

Tom Wolfe, the essayist, journalist and author of bestselling books including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vani(...)

 Actor  Sean Penn discusses his new book Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: A Novel  at Barnes & Noble,  Union Square,  New York City. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Back in the heady days of 2015, it was thought that singer and eternal tester of patience Morrissey had taken the bad celebrity novel to the limit in (...)

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