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Zero to antihero

Zero to antihero

On Song . . . Kurt Wagner of Lambchop

On Song . . . Kurt Wagner of Lambchop

Why decide to return to your 2000 album Nixon now, to perform it in its entirety on tour?

Albums

Albums

Ambitious historical novel starts with a murder

Ambitious historical novel starts with a murder

Retracing Gone Girl’s footsteps to sporadically chilling effect

Retracing Gone Girl’s footsteps to sporadically chilling effect

Culture counter

Culture counter

Paperback writers

Paperback writers

Frog is a slog, even for obsessives of the Far East

Frog is a slog, even for obsessives of the Far East

Frog By Mo Yan: Hamish Hamilton, €24 The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Chinese writer Mo Yan in 2012 provoked a curious class of controversy. Some felt it inappropriate, even a catastrophe, that a decidedly non-dissident Chinese would

More than quite a good memoir from lucid Lodge

More than quite a good memoir from lucid Lodge

Quite a Good Time to be Born A Memoir 1935-1975: By David Lodge Harvill Secker, €16.35 One of David Lodge’s claims to fame is that he invented a literary parlour game called ‘Humiliation’. Players are required to embarrass themselves by naming a clas

Our so-called lives

Our so-called lives

A few weeks ago, yet another new trend started on Facebook. Like last August’s ice-bucket challenge, but without the charity incentive, friends started daring each other to share their first profile pictures on Facebook, the ones they had posted up a

Baume shows off longform talent to its fullest

Baume shows off longform talent to its fullest

A quest to recover a fallen web empire

A quest to recover a fallen web empire

The Anderson tapes

The Anderson tapes

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film is a very different beast from the lurid flourishes of Boogie Nights: a sprawling attempt to film the almost unfilmable Thomas Pynchon drug novel Inherent Vice.

Paperback writers

Paperback writers

Book Reviews

An erudite love story in early 1980s England

An erudite love story in early 1980s England

Their Lips Talk of Mischief By Alan Warner Faber & Faber, €19 Reviewed by Sara Keating