Racegoers shelter from the rain on Ladies Day at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Galway Races are decadent and depraved. Or is that the Kentucky Derby? Either way, as you read this, I’m there – probably trying to “pace myself”(...)

 Writer Tom Wolfe arrives at Time magazine’s 100 most influential people dinner in New York, US, April  2005. File photograph: Jeff Christensen/Reuters

Tom Wolfe, the essayist, journalist and author of bestselling books including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vani(...)

 Actor  Sean Penn discusses his new book Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: A Novel  at Barnes & Noble,  Union Square,  New York City. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Back in the heady days of 2015, it was thought that singer and eternal tester of patience Morrissey had taken the bad celebrity novel to the limit in (...)

 Alex Gibney. Photograph:  Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned is an odd sort of documentary. The staggeringly prolific film-maker – veteran of investigations into Scientology, Enro(...)

‘Here in Nashville, we have gathered a misfit family.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

In recent months, something has started to upset me. I hear phrases like “I’m gonna take out the trash” or “check the mail” or “fill up on gas” coming(...)

Paul Howard with the Ross O’Carroll-Kelly statue in Dublin city centre. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

1. Where Ross Doesn’t Drink Heineken (1998) It all started in the autumn of 1997. I was in the Sunday Tribune newsroom one Friday evening talking to (...)

Rolling Stone made its mark in the 1970s and 80s with cutting-edge music and political coverage.

Jann Wenner, co-founder of Rolling Stone is putting his majority stake up for sale, ready to relinquish control of the magazine that has stood for the(...)

That’s right, it’s a propeller for added speed by JP Donleavy (2017)

The first love of JP Donleavy, who has died at the age of 91, was painting. It is said he wrote his most famous novel, The Ginger Man, in a fit of pi(...)

Writer-director-actor Warren Beatty in Los Angeles: “Rather than sit around and mourn the demise of the big screen and an audience of hundreds, we should be waiting for a revival of movies that are not sequels: a revival of the unknown.” Photograph: Emily Berl/New York Times

There’s a photograph of Warren Beatty that I’ve often wondered about. In it, Nancy Reagan is beaming like a star-struck teenager. Warren Beatty is bes(...)

File photograph dated May 2016 of Johnny Depp at the premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass.  Photograph:   Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File

Former managers for the actor Johnny Depp have alleged he spent $3m firing the late author Hunter S Thompson’s ashes from a cannon. “All I’m doing i(...)

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