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Remembrance of deaths past

Remembrance of deaths past

The most extraordinary thing about any Holocaust survivors I’ve met, in Israel or elsewhere, is how well-adjusted they seem. As a society, we’ve come to accept that every unpleasant experience in childhood leaves its mark, and can scar or mar an indi

Go see

Go see

Bang a gong and get it on in Indonesian gamelan style

Bang a gong and get it on in Indonesian gamelan style

You wouldn’t meet Sultan Hamengkubuwono X of Yogyakarta strolling down Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin too often, but I can tell you he’s a very popular man indeed in that boulevard’s great music establishment, the National Concert Hall.

It’s time to Gather once again in Killarney

It’s time to Gather once again in Killarney

One of the best traditional music events on the festival calendar, The Gathering returns to Killarney, Co Kerry, this year from February 18 to 22. Concerts, ceilís, instrument and singing masterclasses, set dances, sean nós workshops and free music s

Mildewed Moll starts to show her age

Mildewed Moll starts to show her age

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

Culture counter

Culture counter

Paperback writers

Paperback writers

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

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

Swap clutter for culture and a happier life

Swap clutter for culture and a happier life

Stuffocation: Living More With Less By James Wallman Penguin, €13 Reviewed by Brendan Daly.

Artistic Licence - Iftas’ final curtain?

Artistic Licence - Iftas’ final curtain?

John Michael McDonagh must be permitting himself a wry smile this week. The director of Calvary and The Guard found himself in trouble last year when he slated the patchy quality of Irish films in a heavily publicised interview. The Irish media lands