Larry Ryan

Larry Ryan is Deputy Editor of The Independent Magazine. He has previously worked on the Home News desk and the website of The Independent and he writes the "Caught in the Net" music column for the paper's arts magazine, Radar.

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Travel special 2014: Hit the pause button on the rail'n'sail route from London to Dublin

I start by making some calculations to soothe myself. Using the Rail & Sail combo route from London via Holyhead to Dublin takes nine or so hours; to fly between the two cities takes 50 minutes – but a few hours have to be added on for the to-ing, fro-ing and faffing at airports. A one-way rail/sail ticket costs about 30 quid all in – a flight is double that, unless you're very organised or lucky. Even if you're very disorganised, the rail/sail option can be bought just before you travel at no extra cost.

Dissident Gardens, By Jonathan Lethem: Book review - insightful look at radical politics in New York

Music looms large for Jonathan Lethem. In the past, citing Walter Pater's dictum that "all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music", he has said that he tries to make his prose "as musical as I can".

To cap it all: Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn's solo debut is a bit of a tease

Some might argue that the output of Gorillaz was akin to solo albums by Damon Albarn in all but name – with added high-profile collaborators. Regardless, the real thing, Albarn's first official solo LP is arriving in 2014. Last week, we got our first teaser in the shape of 21-second YouTube video with Albarn sitting at a piano with his back to the camera. The music which plays over it – scant electronic sounds and a mournful piano motif – gives little away.

Quack This Way: David Foster Wallace & Bryan A Garner Talk Language and Writing - book review

Talk this way: a writer as inventive in speech as on paper

Metronomy's new record, Love Letters, is released in March next year

Caught in the Net: This is the dawning of the app of Aquarius

And Patrick Flegel returns after Women trouble ends

East India Youth has a debut LP on the way

Caught in the Net: Strife lessons from electro's young men

And ring in the new year with alt-pop's super-duo

Bryce Dessner has been carving out another branch to his career

Caught in the Net: An international man of classical mastery

And Warpaint on for a stealth attack

Bryce Dessner (centre) and the Kronos Quartet

Album stream: Bryce Dessner and Kronos Quartet - Aheym

Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but over the last few years he has steadily been carving out another branch to his career in modern composition and contemporary classical music - and the various other nebulous terms that are used to describe such music.

M.I.A's new album is out in November

Caught in the Net: MIA gears up for a return to action

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