Tagging, refuse collection and public urination aren’t the sexiest of subjects, but when it comes to the looming local elections, they’re the ones that matter
‘I don’t give a damn about my reputation. I’m 55. I have no shame. I’m not about politics. I don’t care enough’
American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis insists that he ignores the furore over his contempt for liberals, his refusal to vote and his defence of Trump, yet he seems to revel in the spotlight, writes Nadine O’Regan
Charlie Savage is a Dublin grandfather who might be old-fashioned in some respects - he’s a pint drinker, a gruff talker and he loves shouting at the telly - but he’s also a man alive to the modern world
‘I think the reason I get on well with porn people is that I’m not dissimilar to them. They’re creative people and they’re on the outside, and I’ve always felt like an outsider’
From psychology-driven books, TV documentaries and screenplays to his recent podcasts investigating the adult film industry, Jon Ronson’s career is nothing if not varied. But one common thread is his holding a light up to people on the fringes.
‘We were writing privately and then we let each other in and realised how much it meant to us. We could suddenly see this sense of purpose’
Dublin band Fontaines DC might put you in mind of the Clash and the Sex Pistols, but the group are full of ideas and started life as a poetry collective - all the better to inject their exhilarating sound with lyrical resonance, writes Nadine O’Regan