Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine


Andrew Lawless is the founding editor and a regular contributor to Three Monkeys Online magazine.

The Devil’s Cup. Coffee, the driving force in History – Stewart Lee Allen

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

An informed and entertaining look at the history of Coffee, and its affects on different cultures, recounted by a bona fide caffeine addict.

Super-State. The new Europe and its challenge to America – Prof. Stephen Haseler

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

An analysis of the future of, and challenges to European integration, Prof. Stephen Haseler of London’s Guild Hall University, argues that America’s tenure as the World’s sole superpower is drawing to a close.

A Hole in the World – Jonathan Schell

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

A collection of columns written, between the immediate aftermath of September 11th 2001 and March 2004, by The Nation columnist Jonathan Schell. Subtitled “an unfolding story of war, protest, and the new American order”.

Checkpoint – Nicholson Baker

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

A fictional conversation about killing President George W. Bush, that has outraged many, and called into question protections for freedom of speech.

Scribbling the Cat – Travels with an African Soldier, by Alexandra Fuller

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Alexandra Fuller’s second book tells the story of a trip taken with one of the violent survivors of Rhodesia’s White Army.

Ballo di San Vito – Vinicio Capossela

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

St. Vitus Dance – what does it conjure up in your musical mind? Probably visions of doom-metal bands, either the original gloom merchants Black Sabbath, or various Scandinavian cardboard copycats. Maybe it’s the medieval buzz, and visions of Brueghel, but the title always brought to mind frigid northern metal more than anything else. How wrong […]

Italy’s Brain Drain – 5 proposals to address the problem

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The chart-topping political debates in Italy at the moment are the economic crisis, crime and security, federalism, and illegal immigration – ranked in importance according to the particular peccadiloes of each political party. One interesting phenomena, which is tied to each of these issues in one way or another, is the issue of Italian emmigration.  […]

Paul Brady – The Island

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Though it’s officially springtime, celebrating the sunshine I find myself paradoxically listeing to Paddy Casey’s Ancient Sorrow (rather than the more appropriate Sunnyside of the Street by the Pogues) – a song that, with a brave production that highlights the voices of Casey and the real foundation given by the soulful singing of Terry Sutton. […]

May you never – John Martyn (RIP 1948 – Jan 2009)

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

When I think of John Martyn – who sadly passed away on the 29th of January –  I think of friends, spread out across time and space, with whom I’ve listened to his music. It’s natural, because for decades Martyn was an artist to be discovered. He only periodically existed on radio/tv or in the […]

Police on my back – The Clash

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

It may seem like heresy (and a rip-off of a Chuck D. line), but the Clash didn’t mean shit to me when I was growing up. I was six years old in the summer of ’77, and by the mid eighties their punk revolution had already long-been mainstreamed , commercialised (some would argue also by […]