Susan Sontag

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There is a wildflower park off Collins Avenue, Dublin 9. Photograph: Tom Honan

Many of us have excavated from childhood memory the fact that the circumference of a circle with a radius of 2km is 12.57km. That’s the outer limit of(...)

 Bridget O’Dea,  who suffers from chronic migraine headaches.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

“You’re f***ed up,” he told me, “but I love you”. Pain is scary. It is scary for those who experience it and it is scary too for those who bear witne(...)

Issue 5+6 of Aspen magazine:  edited and designed by Brian O’Doherty in 1967, it challenged the idea of magazines and art. Photograph: © Aspen Magazine/Authors

What is it? Aspen 5+6 is a double issue of the experimental magazine which appeared in just 10 instalments between 1965 and 1971. The double issue wa(...)

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(...)

Sometimes I lie awake in the dark and fear the complacency that is the first step along that road to ruining what you have. Photograph: Getty Images

At some point into the mania of a new relationship, a conversation will have to be conducted. It will be awkward, but the gist of it will go like this(...)

Vanessa Feltz: ‘What’s so noticeable about me? I honestly don’t get it. I just can’t see it.’ Photograph: Getty Images

It’s 7.15am and Vanessa Feltz is talking. Of course she’s talking. Feltz is always talking. She’s on the radio, challenging the deputy leader of South(...)

 Johannes Vermeer, Woman Writing a Letter (detail). National Gallery of Ireland

It has been a bit overshadowed by the (justified) fuss over the Vermeer exhibition, but among the other delights of the newly refurbished National Gal(...)

The late British art critic and prize-winning author John Berger, who died aged 90,  on January 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Jacob Berger/AFP/Getty Images

Upon his death earlier this week, John Berger was described by British artist David Shrigley as “the best ever writer on art”. It was not the first o(...)

Looking Back by Eric Luke: West of Ireland, 1980s

How newspaper photographers manage to get any images at all is a mystery to most of us. They work under sometimes chaotic, sometimes overly controlle(...)

Umberto Eco: moved with ease from medieval aesthetics to contemporary cartoon strips. Photograph: AP Photo/Luca Bruno.

Umberto Eco, who has died aged 84, was a polymath of towering cleverness. His novels combined cultural influences ranging from TS Eliot to the Charlie(...)

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