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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Intellectual Insurrection

The extraordinary range and tireless radical commitment of Edward Said

Wrongfooted by History

An up-close look at Northern Ireland’s Protestant community

From Ronald to Donald

US Republican Party strategy and the irresistible populist temptation

Poor White Trash

How liberals in the US treated Bill Clinton’s accuser Paula Jones

Priest of the Phallus

Lawrence’s skewed sexual politics and its legacy in the porn industry

Dream Time

The pursuit of the common good, Pope Francis argues in a new book, needs societies to focus

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

It was once possible to regard the judge Sergio Moro as a zealous, perhaps overzealous, prosecutor of corruption.

Taming the Past

The terms ‘victim’ and ‘perpetrator’ are not mutually exclusive, in the present or in the past.