Leo Tolstoy

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Michael Davitt’s grave in Straide, Co Mayo

The month of June 1904 has been monopolised in Irish memory by James Joyce, whose first date with Nora Barnacle – on the 16th – later became the setti(...)

David Brooks: America needs to resist the growth of tribalism – what he calls ‘a bad attempt to create community’

You can tell the sort of guy David Brooks is from his Twitter feed. A polite comment about women’s sport being better to watch than men’s is condemned(...)

A vegan diet can lead to deficiency in the vitamin B-12, calcium and vitamin D.

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” so wrote the great Russian author Leo Tolstoy. It is the opening line t(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping spent seven years in Liangjiahe living in primitive conditions. Photograph: Mark R. Cristino/EPA

In the cave in Liangjiahe where the 15-year-old Xi Jinping was sent in 1969 during the ravages of the Cultural Revolution, there is a felt mattress on(...)

‘Have a Nice Day’ is populated by desperate, violent people who are motivated and victimised by capitalism

Don’t mind that title. Nobody is having a nice day in Chinese animator Liu Jian’s gritty, gut-wrenching crime saga. It took three years for him to dra(...)

Ernest Hemingway: “Always stop while you are going good.” Photograph: Lloyd Arnold/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite (...)

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(...)

Sebastian Barry: “That’s enough of that, I say, I don’t want to say no more. Silence.” Photograph: Alan Betson

In some ways it seems a bit of a puzzle that in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which was published a century ago, James Joyce’s alter ego, (...)

The funeral service of Aidan O’Driscoll (37) at St Oliver’s Church, Dublin Hill, Cork. He was shot dead last week in Blackpool, Cork.

The shooting dead of a former leading figure in the Real IRA in Cork highlighted the futility of violence and the pain suffered by those left grieving(...)

Blackhead Lighthouse and its ruggedly beautiful surrounding area on Islandmagee peninsula. Photograph: Tourism Northern Ireland

The clouds over Blackhead darken quickly. The wind picks up and rattles the timber-framed sash windows on the cliff-edge cottage. Sheets of rain th(...)

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