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.

Issue 139, December 2021

Cometh the Day

The case for the union, and the case for respecting law and democracy

Tell us a Story

The pursuit of fictive pleasure: on not getting Fernando Pessoa

Station of the Cross

Irish television: a dangerous medium is launched in a Catholic country

The Smartest Boy

The moral failings and deep hypocrisy of an unusually able Taoiseach

Virtue Unrewarded

Jonathan Franzen’s America is a place of insecurity and confusion.