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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


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    We need to talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver in interview

    “If you don’t allow yourself to write characters who do disagreeable things–if you only allow yourself to write about what you would be glad for your readers to imitate in real life–then you’re pretty much constrained to characters who help little old ladies across the street and rescue cats from trees,” points out Lionel Shriver, […]

  • Greg Dulli talks to TMO about Twilight Singers

    Searching for the Bookends – The Twilight Singers’ Greg Dulli in interview

    From the TMO Archive – the legendary Greg Dulli talks to TMO about the Afghan Whigs, Nina Simone, and Pathos in songwriting.

  • Massa Marittima Mural

    From Fertility Symbol to Political Propaganda – Decoding the Massa Marittima Mural.

    In the year 2000, during restoration work, a rare and important mural was uncovered at the communal fountain of the Tuscan town of Massa Marittima. It was not necessarily a welcome surprise, at least at first, as this painting from the Middle Ages depicted a tree covered with phalluses. “At first when the painting was […]

  • Blair’s Wars – The absence of clear political consequences. An interview with John Kampfner.

    It's late April and the British Labour party are almost certain to win the next British general election. It has become not a case of 'if', but rather of 'by how much'. Browse through the 50 top achievements of Tony Blair's outgoing government, as listed by themselves and you are faced with an impressive picture […]

  • Where tragedy, tractors and comedy meet. Marina Lewycka in interview.

    While A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian is ostensibly a comedy, and an effective one at that, it’s not without genre breaking moments, particularly in its portrayal of the aged. It’s the story of an elderly Ukrainian widower, a naturalised British citizen, who finds love, in the form of an economic migrant with “superior […]

  • After the Flood – Aid, Conflict, and the political Future of Aceh

    &ldquoThis was an event like an apocalypse – says American jounalist William Nessen, describing accounts of the Tsunami given to him by local people in Aceh, Indonesia – Many people thought it was judgement day. The sea went dry for kilometres, some say for 5-7 kilometres, and then came in as a giant wall of […]

  • Clones, Criminals, and Plotted Sex – Jenny Davidson, author of Heredity in interview.

    Heredity, the debut novel by Jenny Davidson, mixes a number of styles to produce a compelling, page-turning story that has been described as part detective novel, part twisted historical romance. It tells the story of Elizabeth Mann, a current day travel-writer/researcher, who, while in London, becomes obsessed with the historical character of Jonathan Wild, and […]

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    My Generation – Thea Gilmore in interview

    “And who’s gonna raise a hand When all we were taught to do was dance Who’ll be able to stand After this avalanche” Thea Gilmore – Avalanche If Pete Townshend felt provoked, by an overbearing post-war generation, to write My Generation exhorting his elders to “just fade away”, Thea Gilmore’s ire seems aimed as much, […]

  • Tales of torture, and so on – Jon Ronson, author of The men who stare at goats, in interview

    “The truth is actually much more buffoonish than most conspiracy theorists believe”, explains Jon Ronson, the author of The men who stare at goats, a book that deals with the psychological branch of the US military machine. “The men who stare at goats deals with one of the maddest conspiracy theories there is, about powerful […]

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    The Poet of Prose – Jim Crace in interview.

    Jim Crace is both flattered and amused that he’s become the subject of Academic study. “I’m flattered. I’d rather that there were academic books about me than there weren’t any – he says, in a down to earth tone before continuing to outline one of the stranger Academic analyses of his work – a Japanese […]

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    Ancient Americans – Rewriting the History of the New World. Charles C. Mann in interview.

    What kind of world was the Americas, before European colonists arrived? Advances in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, ecology, geography and history have combined to challenge many of the long-held theories about what pre-Columbian America was like, who inhabited it, and their origins. Science writer Charles C. Mann has followed these developments with interest and […]

  • Andrew Loog Oldham and Keith Richards

    The legendary Andrew Loog Oldham, in interview

    Revisionists and romantics would have you believe that the Rolling Stones started when Mich Jagger bumped into Keith Richards, carrying a bunch of blues records, in Dartford railway station in 1960. It would be, though, just as easy to say that the Stones started in 1963 when Andrew Loog Oldham encountered Jagger, Richards, Jones, Wyman […]

  • Pusher Grannies, Landmines and Lush Vegetation. Laos – a Travelogue.

    [A Laos travelogue, from a journey taken in 2002] In the words of former Taoiseach of Ireland, Charles Haughey, the situation is “grotesque, unprecedented, bizarre and unbelievable”. It's 10.30 at night in a bar on the outskirts of Muang Sing, a town itself on the outskirts of the rest of Laos, a country on the […]

  • Identity correction – Yes Men style. Interview with Andy Bichlbaum.

    It's disconcerting to have a conversation with Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men, through no fault of Bichlbaum's. Well, then again, it is his fault. After having seen The Yes Men movie, and Bichlbaum's various poker faced media stunts, there's always the suspicion in the back of your mind that he's somehow, to put it […]

  • Where do the songs come from? Polly Paulusma in interview.

    “It's a funny old thing”, says Polly Paulusma, talking about the urge to write songs. Paulusma, who started learning the piano at the tender age of three, wrote her first song at the age of ten. Very young, I suggest, to which she furrows her brows slightly and responds “I think a lot of people […]