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Turn Down That Racket

Sean L’Estrange
Mike Goldsmith's engaging grand tour of the world of noise takes us from the (silent) "Big Bang" and the general quiet of pre-historic times to contemporary problems of noise pollution. An enjoyable read, full of insight and wit, it is a model of what popular science writing should do.
Sep 1, 2014, 08:24 AM

Britain and Ireland Begin

Rory McTurk
Two studies of early British history and prehistory and of a roughly equivalent period in Ireland leave the reader in no doubt as to how closely interrelated the two countries are, and indeed have been from time immemorial.
Sep 1, 2014, 08:20 AM

Is the Pope a Communist?

Angela Nagle
Some people are impressed by the apparent humility of Pope Francis and his objections to market capitalism. But should the left regard him as an ally or is socialism not more about production and plenty than simplicity and austerity?
Sep 1, 2014, 08:15 AM

New Poems

Gerald Dawe
These four new poems by Gerald Dawe are from Mickey Finn’s Air, to be published later this year by Gallery Press
Sep 1, 2014, 08:11 AM

But I Live in Dublin

Sean Sheehan
The Dublin Notebook, appearing as the seventh volume in OUP’s collected Hopkins, is an exemplary work of scholarship and from now any serious piece of writing about the last phase of Hopkins’s life will rely on and be grateful for the painstaking work of its two editors.
Sep 1, 2014, 08:01 AM

One Onion, Many Layers

Maurice Earls
Irish Catholic social elites, emerging confidently after the ebb of British anti-Catholicism in the nineteenth century, increasingly sent their children to schools, both in England and in Ireland, created on the public school model. There some of them learned that the highest duty of a gentleman was to play the game.
Sep 1, 2014, 07:48 AM

Living through Extermination

James Wickham
The concentration camps were extermination camps: when prisoners were not immediately murdered, they were subjected to a regime few could long survive. Yet this is not so unprecedented in human history. Eighteenth century slaves were not only routinely subjected to the most sadistic punishments but also worked to death.
Sep 1, 2014, 07:39 AM

The Big Smoke

Jim Smyth
A comprehensive new study of Ireland’s capital bridges social and cultural, political, economic, educational, administrative, demographic, maritime, infrastructural and architectural histories of the city and deals as easily with the world of the locked out and the urban poor as it does with the Kildare Street Club, the Shelbourne and Jammet’s
Aug 31, 2014, 17:28 PM

Hanging Out With The Molecules

Andrew Lees
The early 1950s voyages of William S Burroughs to Peru led to his discovery of the hallucinogenic vine yagé and issued in a book of notes and letters to his friend Allen Ginsberg in which he presented himself not only as a mystic and spiritual quester but also as a whistleblower on the activities of the Cold War superpowers.
Aug 31, 2014, 17:23 PM

The word from the trenches

Derek Scally
On its publication in book form in Germany in 1929, this great anti-war novel met with both critical and popular success. But in 1933 it was to receive the ultimate accolade when it was tossed onto the bonfires by Nazi students from Berlin’s Humboldt University, along with the works of Heine, Marx, Einstein and the Mann brothers.
Aug 31, 2014, 17:08 PM

Tell me about your Mother

Susan McCallum Smith
Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s new novel portrays the challenge of being both mother and artist, its most interesting character an emotionally abusive alcoholic for whom motherhood has not been enough and who dares to suggest it is possible for a mother to feel ambivalence toward her child.
Aug 31, 2014, 15:36 PM

God is Dead, Long Live Religion

Matthew Parkinson-Bennett
According to Terry Eagleton, the history of the modern age is among other things the search for a viceroy for God. Yet it has been difficult for any substitute to emulate religion’s success, to bridge the gap, as it does, between high and low, elite and masses, rarefied ideas and common practice.
Aug 31, 2014, 15:16 PM

Leaping into Darkness

Cormac Ó Gráda
After a decade of modest growth, in 1958 the Chinese authorities launched the Great Leap Forward, a reckless campaign aimed at greatly accelerating economic development. What resulted was, in terms of the number of its victims, the greatest famine ever.
Aug 31, 2014, 15:03 PM

Epiphanies and Voids

Pádraig Murphy
Attention to the apparently insignificant is a particular feature of Japanese art. It is an aspect of Zen’s emphasis on giving attention not to theory or to abstract truth, but to concrete, existing reality, the here and now.
Aug 31, 2014, 14:54 PM

Blowing Their Winnings

Marc Mulholland
There has never, in the classical sociological sense, been a more proletarian nation than Britain, and yet there has never been a time in British history when the working class really seemed to seriously challenge the established order and threaten to take power for itself.
Aug 31, 2014, 14:50 PM

Casting a Spell

David Blake Knox
The older I get, John Burnside remarks, the happier my childhood gets. In a third volume of memoirs he goes further towards an understanding of his father, a threatening alcoholic for whom, he had said in an earlier book, cruelty came close to being an ideology.
Aug 31, 2014, 14:46 PM

The Insurrectionist

Thomas Fitzgerald
1916 leader Sean Mac Diarmada despised Ireland’s involvement in the British parliamentary tradition. He believed that an uprising, and the likely self-sacrifice of its leaders, would lead Ireland to independent nationhood.
Aug 31, 2014, 14:34 PM