Joan Didion

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Sarah Perry: “I find myself altered by illness and suffering. It comes to everybody eventually, and the trick is to use it in a wise and compassionate way rather than be miserable.”

It is always curious to see how writers will interpret their illness for the page. Doctors confine descriptors of pain and suffering to numbers: the f(...)

 Christmas lighting ceremony on Grafton Street, Dublin.  Visit for the full programme of events  across the capital. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

WHAT’S HOT Christmas lights Twinkle twinkle South and West A new Joan Didion book coming next March Honest water Over 90 per cent of passengers pa(...)

Police officers stand guard during a protest in Times Square in support of the Black lives matter movement in New York on July 09, 2016.   AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR

The centre is not holding. We are not a country in open revolution. We are not a country under enemy siege. We are the United States of America in th(...)

Joan Webster and Noeleen Cummins celebrate as the final vote is announced in The Same Sex Marriage Referendum in Dublin Castle, Ireland today 23 May 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When I look back on the referendum now, I don’t really think about the count centre, or the high-pressure TV debates, or even the celebration after t(...)

The Gloaming at Body & Soul is one of the best bookings this summer

What’s hot ‘Town Is Dead’ The guys behind Alice In Funderland have a new musical at the Abbey in June, booking now Talking authors Naomi Klein an(...)

Alejandro Zambra: ‘I am utterly sure that I read a different Seamus Heaney than you. And I loved him, for sure, I felt close to him, but I know that closeness involves a deep distance.’ Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

It’s hard to escape a strange sense of wonder when reading Alejandro Zambra’s books. They are slight enough to look at – Bonsai (2008), his first n(...)

Models present creations by designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim as part of their Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection for Japanese fashion house Kenzo during Paris Fashion Week March 8th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

Spring was in the air in Paris as sunshine drew out the Sunday crowds, but on the fifth day of fashion week winter remained the focus. The main shows (...)

Fashion by definition is about transience and Irish and international fashion will each have their own turns in the spotlights this year. Yesterday, I(...)

Nicholas Rombes: in his novel, a retired librarian has destroyed his collection of rare film prints by directors such as David Lynch, Maya Deren and Michelangelo Antonioni

Nicholas Rombes is surprisingly genial given that I’ve got him up early on what I, foolish European, thought was a normal Thursday, but is in fact (...)

Lena Dunham is an evocative writer, possessing a voice that is funny, distinct and absorbing. Photograph: J Countess/Getty Images

My editor assigns me Lena Dunham’s new collection of essays, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’ and I immediately (...)

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