Marcel Proust

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For many of us, and for a variety of reasons, certain books become like old friends and the best of those friendships often begin in childhood – a time when a love of books is first fostered. Photograph: iStock

They said it was a dying phenomenon, that our new age of ebooks and Kindle would lead to the demise of the printed word. They were wrong and we should(...)

Turner prize winner Charlotte Prodger: ‘I wouldn’t be in this room without public funding.’ Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Charlotte Prodger, a Glasgow-based artist who makes films using her iPhone, has won this year’s Turner Prize, British art’s biggest accolade. Prodger (...)

Denzel Washington as a former super soldier Robert McCall

In an age when far too many superheroes are brooding on rooftops, wandering in and out of each other’s movies, and fending off various intergalactic m(...)

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As you know, kids are weird. Daughter Number Four, having amassed 2½ years of life experience, has concluded that change is bad. New foods, new (...)

Bacchante with a Panther:  a nude woman in the style of Giorgione and Titian dangles a dead bird before a leopard ridden by a naked child.

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875) died soon after the Impressionists began exhibiting together, but his influence on the movement is undeniable.(...)

There was no point in writing this column. There is no reason for you to read it.  All criticism of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is futile. Las(...)

In many situations, ‘pivot’ may be a substitute for another five-letter p-word, panic

As you may know if you’ve spent time in boardrooms lately, nobody fails at anything these days, at least in business. What people now do is “pivot”. I(...)

Jeanne Moreau in New York, March, 2003. Photograph: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

Jeanne Moreau, who passed away in the early hours of July 31st at the age of 89, was arguably the greatest French woman actor ever. Her life and oeuv(...)

Charlene McKenna, The Great Gatsby Gate Theatre. Dublin

Forever Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Until July 15th 8pm €14-€18 abbeytheatre.ie For a cemetery, the Père Lachaise can be a lively plac(...)

The Palais Rose, a pink-marble reproduction of the Versailles Trianon, was the last of the belle époque palaces, an the scene of many lavish soirees.

The 1895 marriage of the American railway heiress Anna Gould to the French count Boniface “Boni” de Castellane was the quintessential meeting of Old (...)

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