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Actor Rip Torn: died aged 88. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Screen and stage star Rip Torn has died at the age of 88. Torn made his reputation in the works of Tennessee Williams and played roles as diverse as (...)

Coming up in this Saturday’s Irish Times, Bernard-Henri Lévy talks to Lara Marlowe and Ian McEwan is interviewed by Jonathan McAloon. John Boyne write(...)

US president Donald Trump weaponised a popular suspicion of political elites that long predates Lehman. The root of that suspicion is not all that mysterious. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

News of mass Floridian mortgage defaults clouded 2006. The US entered a technical recession in 2007. Unemployment reached double-digits as late as 200(...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

Cast member Dan Gordon in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”, running at the Gate Theatre from April 12th to June 7th. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

“When I leave the stage I’ll be the most famous man in America,” John Wilkes Booth, one of the lesser lights in a 19th-century acting family, is alleg(...)

George Plimpton plays against a blindfolded Paul Magriel in 1977

Long after his participatory journalism heyday had passed, George Plimpton got into the arena to measure himself against the professionals one more ti(...)

Tipperary’s Lar Corbett and Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrrell during the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Championship Final. In his autobiography, Tyrrell gives a very honest account of the extent he went to “to drive Lar mad”. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Norman Mailer wouldn’t have known a sliotar if it was waved in his face. But the famously macho titan of American literature loved talking balls so he(...)

Writer-director-actor Warren Beatty in Los Angeles: “Rather than sit around and mourn the demise of the big screen and an audience of hundreds, we should be waiting for a revival of movies that are not sequels: a revival of the unknown.” Photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

There’s a photograph of Warren Beatty that I’ve often wondered about. In it, Nancy Reagan is beaming like a star-struck teenager. Warren Beatty is bes(...)

Jimmy Breslin in New York in 1970. Photograph: Michael Evans/The New York Times
Obituary: Jimmy Breslin
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  • March 23, 2017, 01:01

Jimmy Breslin, the New York City newspaper columnist and best-selling author who levelled the powerful and elevated the powerless for more than 50 yea(...)

“When you live in fires and funerals and strikes and rats and crowds and people screaming in the night,” Jimmy Breslin once wrote, “sports is the only thing that makes any sense”

One Sunday afternoon in May, 1969, Jimmy Breslin, then running for president of the New York city council on the same ticket as his pal, the mayoral h(...)

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