Books
05 August 2002
I first met Michel Houellebecq at a party held in Paris, in early September last year, to celebrate the French launch...
Culture
21 January 2002
Some literary stocktaking took place in Paris quite recently. At nearly 80 years old, Alain Robbe-Grillet - the...
Books
05 November 2001
In the Ireland of my teenage years, the parish priest came to class once a week to talk over issues theological and...
Culture
24 September 2001
Bernard MacLaverty's new novel is his lightest and least political work. Here the Troubles, so often the engine of his...
Food and Drink
10 September 2001
Michel Houellebecq is back, and his new novel, Plateforme, has already come under vehement attack. Since the...
Culture
18 June 2001
In the tunnels of the Parisian metro, the poster seems innocuous at first: "Stop talking about it. Read it." However,...
Books
30 April 2001
Mention Hawaii and most people think of the famous TV show: those rolling drums, that zoom shot of the handsome Jack...