Several years ago, my younger brother and I were driving home to Skibbereen from Cork city, whiling away the time listening to music.
Moral turpitude - that was the 19th century phrase that was employed last week by the Department of Homeland Security, to prevent British artist Sebastian Horsley from entering the United States to promote his book, Dandy of the Underworld.
Eight years ago, when I was a student on an M Phil. in creative writing, I was given a piece of advice by a visiting literary agent. If us female students on the course wanted to become successful in publishing literary fiction, he said, we should ch
Hanif Kureishi, the acclaimed author of The Buddha Of Suburbia and the films Venus and My Beautiful Laundrette, is used to seeing profiles of himself in the newspapers. Nonetheless, an article published recently in the London Independent must have se
Imagine how strange it must be to be Martin McDonagh’s parents. Off you go to watch one of your son’s works and what are you confronted with? Stories about matricide (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, in which a daughter murders her mother with a poker).
The first text arrived just hours after the shortlist for this year’s Choice Music Prize was announced. ‘‘Turn your face to the wall,” it read. ‘‘No Future Kings of Spain? No A Lazarus Soul? Shame on you.” And with that (only half-joking) message, my
Who’d have thought it? Three weeks ago, the notion that Will.i.Am, the irritatingly-punctuated frontman of the Black Eyed Peas, would be the first pop star in recent times to release a politician-endorsing song that doesn’t make you want to chew off
‘‘The new Amy Winehouse.” With apologies to Duffy, Adele and all the other pretty, talented and anodyne musicians vying for the Winehouse throne in 2008, if I have to hear or read that phrase one more time this month, I may scream.
When it comes to the thorny subject of the impact the arts has on our mental health, a brace of psychologists have been hard at work in recent years to suggest that the most dangerous thing we could do at the weekend is listen to thrash metal while c