Malcolm Gladwell. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND INTELLECTUAL MALCOLM GLADWELL TALKS TO PATRICK FREYNE ABOUT STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN PERFECT AND POPULAR, THE IMPORTAN(...)

Mark Cousins: ‘Bernadette Devlin is still the greatest thinker about the North that I have heard’

Who better than Mark Cousins to consider cinema’s relationship with the Troubles? For the last 30 years or so, his famous keening vowels have walked u(...)

Clare’s John Conlon and Galway’s Daithí Burke fought out a fascinating personal duel in last Saturday’s riveting All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Idea for novel GAA fund-raiser, to be taken around the world: Erect circus tent. Place large cannon at one end. Place Daithí Burke and John Conlon at (...)

Steve Martin and Michael Caine are rival con artists scamming wealthy marks on the French Riviera in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. Their one-upmanship makes for one of cinema’s great comic rivalries

A few years ago, we published a guide to the best films available on Netflix. It proved to be one of our most popular stories ever. Since then many n(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the US. Photograph: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

And so, after much personal invective, furious opposition and ugly rhetoric that appealed to the worst impulses of the American voters, this is Donald(...)

Lotteries: could be used to keep ‘bad reasons’ out of decision-making

Making decisions by lottery is often seen as an affront to justice. Witness, for example, the furore over the Camogie Association’s plan to settle (...)

Political pugilists: William F Buckey and Gore Vidal during one of the 1968 TV debates.

Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s documentary on a famous rivalry may not be the best film of the year, but punditry fanatics will find it among t(...)