Synaesthesia is a harmless neurological condition which affects between one and 4 per cent of the population. The most common form is where letters, numbers, weeks and months appear as colours.

Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov experienced colour with each sound, painter Wassily Kandinsky heard music with a splash of paint. Both had synaesthesi(...)

Samuel Beckett: Nobel committee chairman believed Beckett’s writing lacked a powerful heart. Photograph: Louis Monier/Getty

Samuel Beckett won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969, but newly released archives reveal that just a year earlier, the secretive committee that se(...)

Emmet Byrne, Úna Kavanagh, Aoibhínn McGinnity, Patrick Ryan and Aidan Kelly in the Corn Exchange production of ‘The Misfits’ at Smock Alley Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

We are a long way from Reno. On an Autumn afternoon in Ranelagh the sun is coming through the high windows at an angle to dazzle the eye. Annie Ryan, (...)

Hey little girl, is your daddy home Did he go away and leave you all alone I got a bad desire, I’m on fire I once believed there was something timele(...)

Ryan Gosling’s deadened quality suits a character who (we assume, anyway) is not a paid-up member of the human race. Photograph: Stephen Vaughan/Warner Bros/AP

It is jarring to consider that the gap between Blade Runner and today – 35 years – is about the same as that between Blade Runner and the high era of (...)

 Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner  at his Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California, in 2010. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his groundbreaking men’s magazine and built a business empire around(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan pictured at Garda Headquarters. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The more she digests comments from the Opposition, the Government and the Policing Authority, the more Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan must feel (...)

A detail of Red Weed, part of Astronomical Mashup at the Lab, Dublin by Lucy McKenna. Photograph: Peter Varga

Lucy McKenna isn’t what you would expect. From her work I had imagined someone intense, nerdy and scientific in a scary way. Her artist’s CV includes:(...)

If moving to WhatsApp makes us lose email contact, moving to email made us lose phone contact, and sending someone a birthday card became posting “hbd” on a Facebook wall, and all of the above ended letter-writing, does emoji use emotionally stunt us?

As someone who experiences a low level of anxiety regarding what technology is doing to my brain and my behaviour, I’ve observed the growth of the em(...)

Aleksandar Hemon: “The damage [of the Bush years] just immeasurable. The destruction is enormous.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s not every day you read a novel that moves effortlessly between references to the philosopher Baruch Spinoza, eruptions of the crazed undead, a(...)

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