Olivia Laing

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‘In the guesthouse of my mind’ by Bernadette Kiely

. . . tell me about your mother . . . (feat The Two Travellers) Bernadette Kiely. Kamera 8, Wexford. Until April 20th Bernadette Kiely’s work, (...)

 Brigid O’Dea: “If love could cure me, I’d never so much as sneeze again.”

After losing yet another hour of my “bedbound” day wandering aimlessly through YouTube’s more obscure corners, it is hard not to feel like my life has(...)

Nick Hornby with Saoirse Ronan: “She’s the best young actress in the world at the moment, and she’s smart enough to avoid all the pitfalls that young actresses face when it comes to choosing material,” HE SAYS.  Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty

Current favourite book? This year I read Larry McMurtry’s magnificent Lonesome Dove, 800 pages of cowboys, cattle, guns, landscape, whores, rivers an(...)

What’s the point of an essay? Photograph: Thinkstock

If you judged humanity’s literary output by clicks and outrage, you’d think the art of essayism is dead. Contemporary taste is for unadorned informati(...)

“Loneliness is personal, and it is also political.” Illustration: artfromthefringe/Getty Images

There is a condition that is twice as deadly as obesity and more dangerous than smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It is a sneaky, capricious beast that can(...)