Aimlessly walking within 2km of home, am I now a flâneur?
- April 25, 2020, 07:00
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(...)
Covid-19: The EU’s response to the pandemic has been slow, stingy and fearful
- April 17, 2020, 06:00
For more than two weeks I’ve been shut up at home in Barcelona with my wife and son. I only go out to buy food in spectral supermarkets, after having (...)
‘We’ll never see a pandemic in our lifetime, or my name isn’t Lord Clarence Imminent-Comeuppance’
- March 20, 2020, 05:00
When a woman in the 19th century, which is in the olden days, paraphrases a line written by LP Hartley in the 1950s, which is also the olden days, you(...)
‘Ciaran Carson drew Belfast better than anyone I ever read’
- October 7, 2019, 17:20
Sinéad Morrissey, John Banville and fellow writers salute a great man and a great poet Sinéad Morrissey “It’s not about you, it’s about the lang(...)
Fintan O’Toole: The first World War is still being fought
- November 10, 2018
It was the greatest silence in all of history. On the western front, the British and Americans were using sound waves transferred on to film to give v(...)
Touching up: are we wrong to colourise old photographs?
- Visual Art
- August 25, 2018, 05:00
Swipe your phone, gaze at a 42in plasma screen, or just look at packaging for children’s toys, or the interior of a McDonald’s. We live and breat(...)
Can a list of someone’s stuff double as literature?
- July 19, 2018, 06:30
For three years, the French writer Thomas Clerc cloistered himself in his 50sq m Parisian apartment, compiling an annotation of his possessions, inclu(...)