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Not for the Faint of Mind

“That’s a real writer, with the true comic spirit.
– James Joyce’s summation of At Swim-Two-Birds

While I respect his rightful post in the pantheon of Irish letters, James Joyce, frankly, never really captured my interest. 1,019 more words

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Maria Edgeworth

Life & Times of Maria Edgeworth
Maria Edgeworth remains one of the most influential and famous novelists of the English language, her most famous and cherished work being the novel Castle Rackrent. 873 more words


Crime Fiction: True Grit or Torture Porn?

Gratuitous violence, anyone?

To be honest, I didn’t know what ‘torture porn’ was until fairly recently, probably because slasher horror films (for which the term was originally invented) are definitely… 956 more words

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For the Writers

And we sit in self-reflection, trying to figure out what kind of writer we are.

Writing Advice

News from Ireland as Spring Beckons, Ambassador’s Message, 11th February 2015

My colleagues and I in the Irish diplomatic service are the swallows of St Patrick’s Day, necessarily planning ahead for the celebration of our National Day.  766 more words


Heartbreaking: Colm Toibin

Self is just a few pages from the end of Brooklyn.  This is truly a great novel. Self’s heart aches for Eilis, the young Irish woman whose story this is. 250 more words


Tearing the Veil

Auf Deutsch

I DON’T WRITE POETRY. It’s not because I don’t like it. In fact, I love poetry and will stand stock still in awe and admiration at those talented enough to capture a tiny sliver of beauty or truth in a few well chosen words. 586 more words

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