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Space to Think, a new book celebrating ten years of the Dublin Review of Books More Information 

Response to Review

 The author  of Massacre in West Cork maintains that Gerard Murphy’s review contains many errors. The author, Barry Keane, also argues that the reviewer engages in crass speculation regarding his motives.
Apr 23, 2014, 08:40 AM

About Time

Lia Mills
If the mystery could be taught, poetry would die, argues one contributor to a new study of creative writing teaching in Ireland. But what workshops and courses can do is save time – condensing years of toil and experimentation and leaving writers equipped to do the real work on their own.
Apr 22, 2014, 08:45 AM

The Hard Life

Eva McGuire
Neandertals were expert toolmakers, had big brains and lived in small communities which hunted large, dangerous beasts. A Neandertal, man, woman or child, was likely to sustain huge numbers of injuries in the course of a short life, yet there is reason to believe the community cared for its incapacitated members.
Apr 22, 2014, 08:37 AM

Generals and their Masters

Ronan Fanning
A guerrilla army wins if it does not lose, Kissinger observed, while a conventional army loses if it does not win. A new edited account of the British army’s campaign to suppress the War of Independence shows a force which felt its hands were tied by its political superiors.
Apr 22, 2014, 08:27 AM

How Scientific Inquiry Works

Seamus O’Mahony
Postmodern critics of science have sometimes argued that it is a ‘narrative’ like any other and cannot be privileged over other narratives, for example alternative medicine. A new book, written with careful, nuanced scholarship, reasserts the value of the scientist’s calling, of rigour in research and of the importance of evidence.
Apr 22, 2014, 08:07 AM

Hoops of Steel

Chris Lawn
At a time when people feel they need social media to keep track of the number of their so-called friends and ‘followers’, a philosophical study invites us to ask ‘who is my friend?’ and reflect on what quality of friendship qualifies as ‘real’.
Apr 22, 2014, 07:58 AM

Fiat Justitia

Kevin Cross
There are opposing views on what judges do, the realist school maintaining that they can be legislators, not bound by convention and precedent but making law based on their idea of utility, while the formalist school urges them to make wise, limited decisions which will serve justice and fairness and preserve the rule of law.
Apr 22, 2014, 07:51 AM