“What is fatherhood, exactly? What does it mean to have a son? Why does the word ‘dad’ seem to ruin everything as a prefix, from jokes to rock?”

I can’t remember anything. Names. Dates. Lyrics. To be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure where I’m parked. That’s why I was stunned by the clarity (...)

Leonard Cohen onstage at the Three Arena in 2009. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A number of years ago, RTÉ television ran a satirical sitcom set in a CNN-style newsroom, complete with newsreader, cutaways to reporters, graphics an(...)