Salman Rushdie

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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 (...)

The house on Usher Island in Dublin, built in 1775, was rented by James Joyce’s great-aunts in the 1890s, where he often visited them. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

A controversial plan to convert the location of the setting of James Joyce’s famous short story, The Dead on Dublin’s quays into a 54-bed hostel has b(...)

Kim Kardashian West at the 2019 Met Gala. File photograph: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Why is Kardashian West, who exchanged privacy for wealth, so famous? In the early hours of October 3rd, 2016, shortly before her 36th birthday, (...)

Australian musician  Nick Cave   said cancel culture’s refusal to engage with uncomfortable ideas had an asphyxiating effect on the creative soul of a society. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/GettyImages

Political correctness has an “asphyxiating effect on the creative soul of a society”, according to Nick Cave, who has criticised “cancel culture” in h(...)

“I want four yards of books, please. They must be red and not taller than eight inches” Photograph: Getty Images

Further to the belated golden age of bookshelves – or at least their ubiquity as backdrops in TV interviews (Irishman’s Diary, April 15th) – my attent(...)

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey

I was working as a bookseller when Fifty Shades of Grey was published and spent weeks stacking shelves with the glossy tomes, only for them to be whis(...)

Margaret Attwood and Bernardine Evaristo, joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize. Photographs: Getty Images

The literary world was taken by surprise tonight when the Booker Prize for 2019 was awarded to two books focusing on the experiences of women in socie(...)

Organisers of the Nobel Prize in Literature are investigating a hoax phone call informing the Irish writer John Banville (pictured) that he was to receive this year’s award. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The organisers of the Nobel Prize for Literature are investigating a hoax phone call informing the Irish author John Banville that he was to rece(...)

Austrian author Peter Handke at his house in Chaville, near Paris, after he  was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature. Photograph: Francois More/AP

Twenty years before Peter Handke would become a Nobel laureate, he won another title. In 1999, Salman Rushdie named him the runner-up for “Internation(...)

The Wizard Of Oz: is there a more recognisable image in western cinema than Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion skipping down the yellow brick road? Photograph: Silver Screen/Getty

Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland appeared on cinema screens as the orphan Dorothy Gale, dreaming of escape from bleak(...)

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