? When asked why he chose to set his first crime novel in the US, Irish writer John Connolly said, ‘Because in Ireland everybody would’ve known who done it within days.’ Exaggeration aside, in the pre-Celtic Tiger landscape of Ireland, this may well have been the case, but it certainly isn’t nowadays as Irish crime…
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It is nice to see an Irish film that doesn’t feature priests, Guinness, junkies, or gangsters.
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So who’s the more interesting lyricist, the prophetic engraver of the Romantic Age who supported revolution or the man who owns 45% of Forbes Magazine?
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July is almost over, so thought I'd look back at some of the month's highlights on the blogosphere.
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Whether you drink Barry`s or Lyons, Darjeeling or Lapsang Souchong, bagged or loose, for the love of Lu Yu, please respect the tea leaves and make it in a pot. Never in a cup. Ever.
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By Niall McArdle
We live in a culture that celebrates the extraordinary – a world of superlatives: fastest man, best actor, richest people, sexiest women (the culture of superlatives is also rather sexist: it’s easy to find polls of female beauty, more difficult to find celebrations of women’s intellect or achievements).
But what of the ordinary? The mundane? The quotidian grind of trivialities and simplicity?
For today’s A to Z Challenge, O is for Ordinary
James Joyce wrote Ulysses to celebrate the ordinary, everyday pleasures that can be had walking, eating, drinking, and thinking. Leopold Bloom has much in the way of ordinary wisdom. Some think the novel is too abstract, too high-brow, too hard, but in fact Joyce wrote it for the ordinary reader (he used to give copies of it to waiters, feeling sure that they more than anyone else would understand it).
Declan Kiberd has written the most marvellous guide to the ordinary wisdom of this extraordinary book. Ulysses and Us is one of the best pieces of crticism on Joyce; it makes the book more than accessible.
Like Ulysses, there is much ordinary wisdom to be had in Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness by Willard Spiegelman.
Extraordinary A to Z bloggers here, here and here.
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By Niall McArdle It’s been 7 months since the sudden death of Seamus Heaney, and for those who care about poetry the tragic loss is still fresh,. By the way, April in the United States is National Poetry Month. His life and work will be celebrated on April 23rd at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. […]
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By Niall McArdle Today’s A to Z blogger of note is A to Z co-host Arlee Post Today’s post is brought to you by the letter D D is for Dublin Regular fluffsters know how fond I am of the old hometown, in spite of – or maybe because of – the unique aroma of […]
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