Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine

Padraig McGrath

The Synthetic Public Ideology of Putin’s Russia

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Situated adjacent to the Crimean Parliament building in Simferopol, the newly rebuilt Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky is a magnificent structure. Gilded onion-domes, Greco-Roman columns and pediments – it looks every bit as classy as a well financed Orthodox cathedral should be. On entering, a question occurs to me, however – why are the icons […]

Crimea and the kenosis of the European soul

Monday, March 10th, 2014

“You write down in your newspaper articles that Russia and Ukraine will never be separated,” said Kolya, sticking his index-finger for emphasis like a boxer sticks the jab, “You tell them that!” Then he continued “I hope that you’re not here to debase the moral order of our society” – rumours about “provocateurs,” both foreign […]

Behind the Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Padraig McGrath, based in the autonomous republic of Crimea, in Ukraine, sends a report about the continuing protest movement in Ukraine. Artur Protsiv says that he misses the Ukranian mafia. He points down toward the street in the Black Sea port and resort-town of Yevpatoriya, and explains why. “Our mayor was a Mafioso,” he says, […]

American Desert – by Percival Everett

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Fourteenth novel from American academic and satirist, Percival Everett. Originally entitled Making Jesus, apparently.

Full Spectrum Disorder – by Stan Goff

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

An analysis of the role a resurgent American militarism plays in shaping foreign policy, written by ex-Special Forces serviceman Stan Goff.

Everyone’s Pretty by Lydia Millet

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Social satire and black comedy from the author of My Happy Life and George Bush, Prince of Darkness.

Pompeii – Robert Harris

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

A historical novel culminating in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, from Robert Harris, author of bestselling titles such as Enigma and Fatherland.

How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions – Francis Wheen

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Guardian columnist, and biographer of Karl Marx, Francis Wheen launches a polemic on the retreat of reason in the late 20th century.

Our Lady of the Assassins by Fernando Vallejo

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The first english translation of acclaimed Colombian novelist and film-director, Fernando Vallejo’s work. The story of a disillusioned writer and his hit-man lover, set in Medellin, Colombia.

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

2001 novel from the acclaimed English author. Atonement tells the story of thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis who witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend.