Mark Twain

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In 1888 Mike 'King' Kelly published the first autobiography ever written by a baseball player, and his fame reached new heights.

Earlier this summer, Belfast native PJ Conlon garnered significant media attention when he debuted for the New York Mets and became the first Irish-bo(...)

Jean-Michel Basquiat: he “was like his own university. He was always gathering material and information and storing it.” Photograph: Alexis Adler/Magnolia Pictures

Sara Driver’s new picture, Boom for Real, about the late teenage years of the New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, is a huge cause for celebration. L(...)

Oyster ice cream. Photograph: Alfredo Russo

Though we’re only halfway through the year, I’ve already tasted one of my top dishes for 2018. Have you?  Not surprisingly, I had it when abroad(...)

Since their origins in 2003, there are now approximately 17 different global university rankings. The overwhelming majority  are developed by commercial, often media, companies with only approximately 7 per cent developed by a government organisation. File photograph: Getty Images

Mark Twain popularised the phrase, attributed to Disraeli, “lies, damned lies and statistics”. A modern-day take could apply well to university rankin(...)

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran was a guest on Today with Sean O’Rourke.

That collective moan you may have heard reverberating across Ireland on Monday morning was from Ireland’s Catholic bishops. It was not delayed reactio(...)

 Tony Abbott:   “My issue is not immigration, it’s the rate of immigration.” Photograph:  Michael Masters/Getty Images

For decades, Australian opposition to immigration was almost the sole preserve of the far right. The only exceptions were a small minority on the left(...)

Saint Augustine of Hippo. Illustration: istock

I meant to mention it in my review of the book (which appears elsewhere in this newspaper today), and somehow forgot. But an unfortunate feature of Th(...)

Scientists at MIT studying Twitter news stories found that false news was usually more novel than true news

A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on, said Terry Pratchett, paraphrasing Jonathan Swift and others before him – but not(...)

Sean Ryan
Why I love to . . . play golf

“A good walk spoiled” as a description of golf is a quote often attributed to Mark Twain. Well, as a septuagenarian, I love to play golf precisely bec(...)

Philadelphia Eagles fans wave flags while stopped in traffic on North Broad Street near City Hall after their team secured their place in the Super Bowl. Photo: Getty Images

Philadelphia is a town where sports mean a little too much. So you can imagine the sensation around town with the Eagles back in the Super Bowl, one t(...)

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