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The Global Minotaur – Economist Yanis Varoufakis in interview

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Have you had the suspicion that simple narratives about subprime mortgages, last minute bail-outs, and sweaty-palmed bankers fail to adequately explain what has happened to the global economy since 2008?  If so, then I can heartily recommend you pick up a copy of  Yanis Varoufakis‘s The Global Minotaur – America, Europe and the Future of […]


Extracting Gold – Mary Costello interview

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Mary Costello is the author of The China Factory, a collection of short stories which was published by The Stinging Fly Press. It has received much acclaim and renown for its intensity and sensitivity. Costello has an amazing capacity to reveal characters’ lives through understated encounters, be it the restraint of two strangers in The […]


Sins of the Flesh: The Mislabeling of Surf and Turf

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

“The flesh is the surface of the unknown.” – Victor Hugo On January 15th, The Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced the discovery of horse meat tainted beef being produced, packed, and shipped from slaughterhouses in the UK and Ireland. ABP Food Group, the company deemed responsible, suspended production in its Co. Monaghan plant. As […]


‘Hell goes round and round’: Flann O’Brien and the search for identity

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Anyone who knows anything about Flann O’Brien knows he was a man of many names. Flann O’Brien was the pen name for Brian O’Nolan, who wrote journalism under the pseudonym Myles na gCopaleen. He used different spellings of his names and most of the discussion and arguments on his Wikipedia page are about how his […]

Opportunistic – a poem

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Opportunistic (in homage to Ozymandias by Shelley) I met a president from a defunct bank Who cried: “Two smashed and roofless blocks of shops Stand in the suburbs. Near them old and dank, Half built, a parking structure squats, its frame and crumbling top and sides of cold concrete tell that its builder ill these […]


The Roses on the Wall | a short story

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

For six weeks, now, Daniel has been keeping a close eye on them, from behind the curtain at the back room window. Several times a day he has come to check on them, to see what they are doing and how much they are advancing. There are four of them. They arrive every day at […]


How I Learned to Read Again

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I can’t remember learning to talk but I do remember learning to read. As the youngest of four, I had an urgent need to be able to read even before I started school. All around me, my family’s heads were buried in Mills and Boon, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Mickey Spillane, Charles Dickens or the […]


Inhabiting the Narrative – Housekeeping and the Hounds of Love

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Being a Girl You’ve seen the film: a man looks behind an office filing cabinet to find a portal into another man’s consciousness – someone who turns out to be a famous actor. The intruder remains inside this other life for a quarter of an hour or so before being ejected onto the side of […]


Melville’s Moby Dick in the Digital Age

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

From their shared fascination with Moby-Dick, writer Philip Hoare and artist Angela Cockayne came together to curate, first, an installation in Plymouth, England, celebrating the book – Dominion: A Whale Symposium. They put together a book with the same title earlier this year then organised and recently launched the Moby-Dick Big Read (www.mobydickbigread.co.uk), a website […]


From Russia with love and hate: the hidden secret of Nicola Six in Amis’s London Fields

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Martin Amis’s 1989 London Fields – or ‘The Murderee’ as it was nearly called – is a virtuoso exercise in black humour, deceit, burlesque and biting misogyny. As Simon Schama put it in 2011: “Martin Amis’ glorious fury, London Fields; the never-likely-to-be-bettered bedtime story from the heart of Mrs Thatcher’s darkest Albion; stained with punk […]

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