Ken Kesey

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American actor Kirk Douglas in 1955. Photograph:  Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty

Kirk Douglas Born: December 9th, 1916 Died: February 5th, 2020 Kirk Douglas, one of the last surviving movie stars from Hollywood’s golden age, whose(...)

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko staged his death to foil an alleged plot on his life by Moscow’s security services. Photograph: (Valentyn Ogirenko/Pool photo via AP

Even the master spy storyteller John Le Carré wouldn’t have tried to get away with the plotline: on Tuesday this week obituaries were being written fo(...)

 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(...)

Czech-born filmmaker Milos Forman:  won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars. Photograph: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP

Miloš Forman, the Czech-born director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, has died at the age of 86. Czech news agency CTK reported that (...)

Diane does not look like someone who would drug your venison chilli. She sits on a San Francisco patio, her dewy blue eyes lucid, her blonde, subtly a(...)

Acting crazy: Jack Nicholson as Randle  McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

You just can’t argue with the place which One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest holds in cinema history. In the 42 years since Miloš Forman’s film premiered(...)

Detail from Night Time in LA by Patrick Morrison. Photograph: Ciaran Connelly

As part of this year’s Imagine Arts Festival, Greyfriars Gallery in Waterford celebrates the work of the late Patrick Morrison with a small retrosp(...)

The Beatles in 1967: ‘Paul filled the vacuum after Brian Epstein died. I think John was a bit begrudging. George was very introverted. Ringo was depicted as the joker, but I thought he was quite wise’

Paul Howard, biographer of Tara Browne, the 1960s peer, scenester and alleged subject of the Beatles song A Day in the Life, is chatting to film-maker(...)

In 1975, as the Son of Sam murders haunted New York’s consciousness, the city was struck by a blackout. There had been serious power-outs before but i(...)