As a teenage music fan in rural Wicklow in the mid-1980s, I was deeply enamoured with the whole goth-light look sported by Robert Smith of The Cure, Jim and William Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Ian McCulloch of Echo & the Bunnymen. Back then, your tribe was everything, and what you wore advertised your musical tastes in a way that today’s teenagers would probably find hard to fathom. Proper 1980s’ goths were scary — with their 18-hole Dr Martens, white faces and shiny PVC — while Cureheads were somewhat cuddly by comparison.
French film legend and amateur racing car driver Jean-Louis Trintignant, who earned acclaim for his starring role in the Oscar-winning film A Man And A Woman half a century ago, and went on to portray the brutality of aging in his later years, has died aged 91.
Cometh the hour, cometh the Matt. Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey stood at the White House press lectern and spoke about the Ulvade shootings. It was such a convincing performance that it was easily possible to imagine him there on a more regular basis.
The first time I saw Laura Dern’s wonderfully expressive face, it was 30 foot high, on screen at the Phoenix cinema in Dingle, in a film that was without doubt the event of 1993 for 12-year-old boys: the original Jurassic Park.
You could be forgiven for thinking that a novel about a woman who hasn’t left her house in 1,214 days is bound to be set during the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns. But Meredith, Alone – the much-anticipated debut by Scottish journalist-turned-author Claire Alexander – was written before any of us had ever encountered either of those words.