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Space to Think, a new book celebrating ten years of the Dublin Review of Books More Information 

What’s funny?

Máirtín Coilféir
There have been many attempts to define the essence of humour but it seems to be a little too complex and wide-ranging to be captured by any single theory.
Sep 9, 2013, 11:11 AM

Does Europe Exist?

Enda O’Doherty
Does culture reside only in particular nations and national traditions or can we speak of a European culture? And if we can, what might it be and how can we best preserve it?
Jun 30, 2013, 23:50 PM

The Curator of Chiaroscuro

Sean Sheehan
Sebastião Salgado’s latest book of photographs represents nature more as a New Age dream of harmony rather than the random mayhem and violent contingency it actually is.
Jun 16, 2013, 13:03 PM

Street Smart

Fintan Vallely
Lyrics have been defined as short poems written to the accompaniment of a musical instrument, but should Paul Muldoon’s lyrics be judged primarily as poems or as songs?
Apr 22, 2013, 14:16 PM

An Awfully Big Adventure

Enda O'Doherty

Patrick Leigh Fermor was a man of great talents who inspired affection and deep friendship among those who knew him and who was fortunate in the friends he made.
Jan 29, 2013, 19:31 PM

Soundtrack to the Century

Kevin Stevens

For fifty years, Duke Ellington was America’s most important and innovative musical figure, achieving distinction as a composer, arranger, songwriter, bandleader and pianist, and writing and producing timeless music of every kind.
Jan 14, 2013, 19:19 PM

As Fresh as a Cliché

Paula McGrath

We strive for originality, but perhaps old phrases should, like Mae West’s discarded lovers, be given a new chance with someone else.
Jan 7, 2013, 18:51 PM


Angela Bourke
A woman reading is in a world of her own, not in the world of others managing or nurturing, where some think she belongs.
Nov 30, 2012, 20:50 PM

The Sea of Anecdotes

Brian Earls
While this merriment was afoot, I lay on my bunk straining to understand, and to be admitted to some small share of the pleasure which the rest of the company evidently derived from the recitals. At first the rapid flow of speech and varying voices and styles proved impenetrable. The joy of Russian jokes.
Dec 2, 2010, 19:07 PM