Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine

Stephanie Lawless

Zugzwang, or ‘what do the just do in times of injustice?’ – Ronan Bennett in interview

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

The idea of chess being used as a central and unending metaphor in a narrative is not an original one. The links are obvious and the structure is clear. Life is about strategy and staying several moves ahead of the opposition is crucial. Pawns are expendable and with careful play, the good guy, or at […]

The making of a monster – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

“How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! – Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; […]

Dantean Echoes – The influence of Dante on Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

“‘I recall one superb pun anyway: qui vive la pietà quando e ben morta’ She said nothing. ‘Is it not a great phrase?’ he gushed. She said nothing. ‘Now’ he said like a fool ‘I wonder how you could translate that?’ She still said nothing. Then: ‘do you think’ she murmured ‘it is absolutely necessary […]