Philip Roth

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Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils. Photograph: Jim McIsaac/Getty

He’s 75 years old now and his blood pressure spiked so much during a recent game against Wake Forest they had to put him on an IV trip at half-time. H(...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘Maybe Irish people would object if a German writer invented another lover for Yeats.’ Photograph: Miquel Llop/NurPhoto via Getty

In the chilly gloom of Lübeck’s 14th-century church of St Catherine, Colm Tóibín smiles with relief at the wave of warm applause. Before him, a 250-s(...)

If you were dressing a film set in a mid-1970s bed and breakfast, the author to go for would surely be Sven Hassel. Photograph: iStock

It is nearly the end of silly season. But there is still time for one more misty-eyed piece about summers long gone. Bored walks on pebbled beaches. E(...)

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte holds up a Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Ezra Acayan/Getty

Last month Rodrigo Duterte warned Filipino vaccine-dodgers that he would inject it “in your butt”. Neither the risks to efficacy nor the potential tor(...)

Léa Seydoux: ‘When you’re in love, energy, desire, creation comes easy. Eros produces.’  Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Léa Seydoux was going to Cannes. She was starring in four pictures at this year’s film festival and our interview was booked for noon on Saturday, pos(...)

19: Indian actress Aishwarya at the most recent Cannes Film Festival in 2019. Photograph: by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Cannes film festival, cancelled in 2020, has announced a promising return to action with a competition line-up featuring three former winners of t(...)

Bountiful plants and a wooden table are both vital to looking like an adult. Photograph: 10’000 Hours/Getty

The thing they don’t tell you is that parties change when you get older. You have this idea that once you graduate from sticky floors and vodka in pla(...)

Salman Rushdie. ‘I’m not a geopolitical entity. I’m someone writing in a room.’ Photograph:  Sara Krulwich/New York Times

Poor Salman Rushdie. The one thing I am most keen to talk to him about is the one thing he absolutely, definitely does not want to discuss. “I really (...)

Philip Roth: It is not enough to dislike him as a private individual. On account of his personal failings we are asked to dismiss his cultural output too. Photograph: Eric Thayer

The late novelist Philip Roth was something of a fortune teller. One of his final novels, Exit Ghost (2007), concerns a man burdened with cancer and a(...)

Gardening Together with Diarmuid Gavin: The host  shows us some gardening tricks that involve, as far as I can tell, imprisoning hydrangeas using coat hangers. Photograph: RTÉ

RTÉ One’s serialised remake of John B Keane’s The Field began last Friday under the title Gardening Together. It features Diarmuid “the Bull” Gavin, a(...)

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