I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

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Greed or Good?

Business and politics: two views on how they should interact

Writers United

The pros and cons of bringing writers together in a corporate body

Death Attracts Us

A compassionate portrayal of the professionals of the dying trade

Pass the Parcel

Ways in which knowledge was disseminated in early modern Europe

Too Much, Not Enough

A meditation on time and the pressure to use it productively

Doing the Continental

The European dream of perpetual peace

Diversifying the Horizon

Complementing science with tribal strategies for human survival

The Opposite of Hatred

The afterlife of Christianity after the disappearance of religious belief

Together Again?

A Northern novelist probes the reality behind the Border poll scenario

One Weird Guy

Peter Thiel and the tech giants’ pursuit of political power