TMO: Andrew Lawless

Andrew Lawless is the founding editor of Three Monkeys Online. Originally from Dublin, but now based in Bologna, Italy, Andrew is a regular contributor to the magazine with a particular interest in literature, politics and music. He also runs Bodu Web Design, a web development company.

TMO Articles by Andrew Lawless

Samuel Johnson is indignant – TMO meets Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis is a rare talent. A writer whose work is challenging, stimulating, innovative, and, taken at face value, short. Very short – some stories in her collections span no more than two lines. Literature, though, (thankfully) is not judged on word counts, and the depth achieved so compactly by Davis is, no doubt, envied […]

Magpie by Stephen Fretwell.

Debut album from Scunthorpe singer-songwriter Stephen Fretwell. It’s a smile free zone, but with classic tunes.

Don’t Believe the Truth – Oasis

Album #6 from Oasis, not counting live albums and b-side compilations.

Pretty Good Year – The Kaiser Chiefs in Rome

Oh my God, I can’t believe itI’ve never been this far away from home (Oh My God – Kaiser Chiefs) Could there be a better place than Rome to meet Peanut (Nick Baines), keyboardist and frequently designated spokesman of the Kaiser Chiefs? Though it may not seem it at once, it’s a city that could […]

Action and Reaction with the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

It’s the dead end of the year, the last days of October when the summer feels like a distant memory. It’s the sort of dull, neutral day that neither entices you outside, nor menaces you to stay inside. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are inside a cold, damp, cavernous club booming through their soundcheck. Rifles, one […]

Spending imaginative capital – Michel Faber and The Fahrenheit Twins.

It’s virtually impossible to pigeonhole author Michel Faber, as his new collection of short stories The Fahrenheit Twins ably demonstrates. A collection of seventeen wildly different stories that change genre almost as often as location. From the Scottish highlights through to humid Jakarta; from biting social satire through to science fiction. It should come as […]

Gendered Monsters – Art and politics in the representation of St. George and the Dragon

Dr. Samantha Riches talks to TMO about the cult of St. George and the Dragon, and why there’s a significant collection of art works where the legendary dragon is depicted, very clearly, as female.

Spoon – the Gimme Fiction interview

“It’s Rock n’ Roll,” says Jim Eno, drummer with American band Spoon, determinedly, when asked what sort of music the four-piece play. One man’s rock n’ roll, though, is another man’s indie pop, so it’s worth pausing for a moment to refine the definition. “If I was going to characterise it a certain way”, he […]

The People’s Act of Love – Author James Meek in interview

James Meek‘s third novel, The People’s Act of Love is set in a small town in Siberia in 1919, during the Russian civil war. The characters and drama, though, are far removed from the stock literary gallery of reds and whites. Amongst his drammatis personae are Christian castrates, cannibals and a division of the Czech […]

The New Turkey -Reflections from Istanbul.

"Well, it is worth pointing out that joining the EU is a long term process," comments Chris Morris, author of The New Turkey – The quiet revolution on the edge of Europe. Much of Morris’ tenure as BBC correspondent in Turkey [1997-2001] was spent, necessarily, examining the complexities and contradictions that surround Turkey’s proposed membership […]