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Former US first lady Barbara Bush. ‘She was the ungainly, insecure daughter of an austere, beautiful mother who put her down.’ Photograph: Reuters

Barbara Bush was an expert at throwing shade, even before the term existed. When Congressman Dan Rostenkowski gave the then US first lady a shampoo fo(...)

A voice changes over time. The environment plays its part. All that singing, talking, drinking, eating and other optional extras (eg smoking) has an i(...)

Star Trek – The Next Generation: Picard and Wharf with the pesky Irishman Danilo Odell

Sad as this is to contemplate on our Big Day, it’s not unusual for famous people to culturally appropriate our national name and wander about wearing (...)

Christie’s employees take bids for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi during the postwar and contemporary art evening sale at Christie’s New York on Wednesday. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Salvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ commissioned by King Louis XII of France more than 500 years ago, has sold at(...)

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

The overture is not hopeful. Horses, horses, horses, as Patti Smith almost had it: pink, shining, with their noses definitely not aflame, because, of (...)

Some Dublin cafes have hit back the prospect of yet another Starbucks in the centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

Starbucks, oh how people love to hate you, and yet there’s always a queue at your tills. Every second someone somewhere in the world is forking o(...)

Sam Shepard: earthy, taciturn cowboy poet. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Sam Shepard Born: November 5th, 1943 Died: July 27th, 2017 Sam Shepard, an icon of the US counterculture whose expansive writing for stage and screen(...)

In his Nobel lecture, delivered by audio link, Bob Dylan says that songs are ‘unlike literature’. Photograph:  Lester Cohen/WireImage

So it turns out that the Nobel Prize in Literature does matter to Bob Dylan after all. He may barely have acknowledged the news that he won the award,(...)

A detail from the cover of Lady Gaga’s Artpop (2013)  by   Jeff Koons. Label: Interscope Records

There’s more to that record collection you’ve begun to accumulate than the sounds on the grooves. In front and around many great albums is very often (...)

Bob Dylan did not attend the Nobel prize ceremony in Stockholm. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images

Bob Dylan admitted he was stunned and surprised when he was told he had won a Nobel prize because he had never stopped to consider whether his songs w(...)

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