Philip Roth

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Boom time: The aftermath of nuclear war has always been fertile ground for post-apocalyptic films, novels and TV series. Photograph: RomoloTavani/Getty Images

In January 1962, the cover of Esquire magazine trailed a feature on the influence of then US president John F Kennedy on men’s fashion, including his (...)

An anti-Brexit protester  outside the Houses of Parliament in London: There is no folk memory of a nation losing its mind to endless referendums, so we discount the prospect. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

There are living citizens of Britain who were born before mass representative democracy. Not all women had the vote until 1929; not all men until 1918(...)

Nina Hoss in Return to Montauk

The latest film from the great Volker Schlöndorff – director of The Tin Drum and The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum – looks very much as a novelist had(...)

Nina Raine (seated front left) with director Oonagh Murphy (seated front right) and the cast of Tribes. Photograph: Mark Stedman

“When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” So wrote the Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, coining a phrase that has been take(...)

Nicole Krauss. Photograph: Getty Images

Asking a fiction writer about autobiographical elements in their work can be a little tiresome for all concerned. The fact that the question is so oft(...)

Sissy Spacek in ‘Carrie’

Stephen King is not the most-adapted author in history. It just feels that way. The International Movie Database lists a staggering 238 credits, but t(...)

Dafhyd Flynn in Michael Inside, the best new Irish film at the Galway Film Fleadh

There was a time when you could take the temperature of the nation by glancing at the tight handful of Irish features premiering at the Galway Film Fl(...)

Johnny Murphy plays Estragon in Beckett’s ‘Waiting For Godot’ at the Gate.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lapsed Catholics among Irish writers seemed to have been more favourably disposed towards Jews, according to a British author and academic. “I think (...)

Rock-hard Brexit: Theresa May’s legacy will be the lessons learned when you adopt the ideology of Nigel Farage. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

It is tempting but wrong to describe the political chaos in the UK as unprecedented. In 1974, for example, Prime Minister Ted Heath called a general e(...)

Donald Trump: The US president “has the unusual quality of appearing to be a man with no interior life whatsoever. Crucially, he seems never to have experienced shame”. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Philip Roth didn’t mince his words when he was asked about Donald Trump. “I found much that was alarming about being a citizen during the tenures of R(...)

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