Tom Waits

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Tanya Sweeney: “I’ve started to think about the times my own mother taught me left from right, tying shoelaces, the difference between ‘their’, ‘they’re’ and there’. The most basic and quotidian things, doled out in moments of selflessness and sacrifice.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

When you get pregnant, you hear a lot of very nice platitudes. “You’re glowing.” (That’s not a glow, that’s a life without wine.) “You’ll be an amazin(...)

Spacek and Redford: The dialogue is witty, but sparse. The editing is leisurely. This is why we need movie stars

We may as well begin by saying what The Old Man and the Gun is not. It’s not among that exhaustingly tedious genre of old-geezer crime films that has (...)

November is hard to love in its own right. Photograph: Elena Leonova/iStock

It has become a point of annual principle with me to embrace the eleventh month of the year as an event in itself, without reference to the twelfth. B(...)

Robin Wright: taking charge in House of Cards

House of Cards – Season 6 (November 2nd) The secret weapon of the political drama now takes centre stage in the final season of House of Cards as Rob(...)

Tommy Halferty

SATURDAY JUNE 9 Carmel McCreagh/Flo McSweeney/Fiachra Trench Arthurs, Dublin, 9.30pm, €12, arthurspub.ie It sounds simple – two singers, one pianist(...)

It is simply the sound of Tom Waits, a true artist creating new rules & pushing boundaries

Tom Waits still frightens the life out of me. He has always seemed otherworldly or an actor flamboyantly playing the role of a real-life person. I app(...)

You haven’t escaped yet. Before awards season closes down for a month or two – it’s now almost as long as the football season – we beg your indulgence(...)

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Helen Cullen The Lost Letters of William Woolf  (Penguin, July) William Woolf works as a letter detective in the dead letters depot of east Lond(...)

Grace Dyas: “I think everyone should have a house. It shouldn’t be that someone having a load of property means that someone else doesn’t.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What is your death-row meal? Gary: Mine is a snack box from the Savoy chipper on the North Circular Road. It has to have a breast of chicken, it ha(...)

A festival highlight: Martha Wainwright plays Tradfest

Taking as its starting point an all-embracing notion of traditional music, Temple Bar Tradfest has captured the zeitgeist this year, whether by accide(...)

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