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Toni Morrison:  RTÉ’s Radio 1’s culture programme Arena discussed her life and work, with contributions from Anne Enright and Paul Muldoon. Photograph: Lee Romero/The New York Times

Who needs live radio these days? As a listener, I’ve increasingly drifted away. Podcasts offer more nuanced discussions. Streaming services have bette(...)

America needed a storyteller like Toni Morrison. It needed her unique voice and those magisterial works of fiction that explored black identity in a c(...)

 Ferdia Mac Anna,  husband of  the late Irish Times journalist  Kate Holmquist and members of her family accompany her coffin at her funeral service in St Pauls Church, Silchester Road, Glenageary. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The late Irish Times journalist, Kate Holmquist has been remembered as a writer of “enormous talent and creativity” whose work was “a road map of Iris(...)

Beychella: Beyoncé at Coachella 2018, in Homecoming. Photograph: Parkwood/Netflix

“Instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella,” Beyoncé says in Homecoming, the new docume(...)

Paula Saunders: “One of the things that we can all do is remember how short a time we’re going to have together. Remember that at the end of your life, it’s going to look different than it does this minute.”

Last July, on a Greek island outcrop overhanging the Aegean, US author Paula Saunders gave her first public reading from her superb debut novel, The D(...)

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is building a coalition of minority voters, topped up with liberal whites. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

The world did not always notice, so absorbed was it in the fact of his blackness, but Barack Obama sought to de-emphasise race. Had events not forced (...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

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(...)

Following an extended hiatus, the second album from New York-based duo HDLSS (that’s Headless with the vowels gone Awol) is a sumptuously detailed whi(...)

Director Jonathan Demme at the “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids” premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The US director Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs, has died at the age of 73. The cause of death has been announced as “oe(...)

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