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Questions of Balance

Peter Robinson
It is the balancing act of drawing transitory subjects from the experiences of a life, presenting them with a deftness and lightness of touch that still delivers a weight of implication, while shunning overt claims to attention, that is so captivating and enabling in Enda Wyley’s new collection.
Jan 2, 2020, 16:02 PM

Skimming the Cream off the Orphans’ Milk

Pauline Hall
Gerald O’Donovan left the priesthood due to strained relations with his conservative and philistine bishop. In his novel about the fortunes of the provincial middle class Curtin sisters, he indicts late Victorian Catholic values, warped by the privileging of religious vocations over marriage.
Nov 9, 2018, 19:22 PM

Towards the Light

John Saunders
A diagnosis of schizophrenia was once regarded as ‘the kiss of death’. However we now know that with effective and multiple interventions people with even the most acute condition can make a significant recovery and contribute to their community as valued citizens.
Apr 1, 2016, 09:28 AM

Doing The Locomotion

Iggy McGovern
Dubliner Dionysius Lardner couldn’t wangle a job at Trinity despite his remarkable gifts of clarity and exposition, but he was nevertheless a successful publisher in England and criss-crossed America, addressing huge audiences as one of the great scientific popularisers of his era.
Jan 6, 2016, 23:14 PM

Bands of Brothers

Marc Mulholland
The Third International, or Comintern, maintained for many years a vast international organisation none of its left-wing rivals could match. When the purges came in the 1930s, however, its members suffered to a proportionately greater extent than any other category.
Aug 30, 2015, 10:58 AM

An Unknown Kingdom

Joe Woods
The Burmese poet Ko Ko Thett, now living in Belgium, has garnered high praise for his work, particularly from the high priest of American experimentalist poetry John Ashberry, who has characterised his verse as ‘brilliantly off-kilter’.
Jun 7, 2015, 20:13 PM

A Time In Between

Éadaoín Lynch
The writers of the 1940s were paralysed by the sense that those who had gone before them and experienced the Great War had said everything there was to say about war and the pity of war.
Dec 15, 2013, 21:42 PM

Down Under

George O’Brien
Peter Carey’s Ned Kelly is Irish not in a straightforward or obvious way but is rather a metonymy for the citizen-outlier, the alternative history, the exemplary failure, the heroic victim, the road that is not just not travelled but is not on the map.
Nov 18, 2013, 14:52 PM

Beyond Belief

Tom Hennigan
Gabriel García Márquez emerged explosively as a new international name in the 1960s with a novel stuffed with the baroque and the fantastic, which sought to translate the scope of America.
Sep 9, 2013, 11:33 AM

What’s funny?

Máirtín Coilféir
There have been many attempts to define the essence of humour but it seems to be a little too complex and wide-ranging to be captured by any single theory.
Sep 9, 2013, 11:11 AM

Selective Memories

Martin Maguire
In the business of commemoration tensions are to be expected between the practices of the academy, the demands of the state and the expectations of individuals and groups on how each and every significant date is marked, or not marked.
Jul 15, 2013, 18:37 PM

Varieties of Modernity

Paul Gillespie
Relations between capitalism and the state have been crucial in Europe. Both, accommodating to claim-making from civil society, gave this model a distinctive concern with social solidarity.
Jun 30, 2013, 23:38 PM

The Curator of Chiaroscuro

Sean Sheehan
Sebastião Salgado’s latest book of photographs represents nature more as a New Age dream of harmony rather than the random mayhem and violent contingency it actually is.
Jun 16, 2013, 13:03 PM

The Stilled World

Nicola Gordon Bowe
Unsentimental, sparing and unspecific, the painter Patrick Pye has sought figurative images to represent symbolically “the archetypes of our humanity” depicted in an alternative universe where expiation has been achieved.
Jun 16, 2013, 12:58 PM

Birds, beasts and flowers

Gerald Dawe
DH Lawrence’s poetry offers a record of the powerful current of physical pleasure, the elusive joy of witnessing that which is different, and the kind of opinionated prickliness when things are not what they seem to be or should be.
Jun 16, 2013, 12:51 PM

The Meaning of Ryanair

Michael Cronin
Orwell got it wrong. It is not governments but banks, insurance companies, pension funds and low-cost airlines, the raucous cheerleaders of deregulation, that oppress and stupefy us with a network of small and baffling rules.
Jun 4, 2013, 08:52 AM

The Gentleman Naturalist

David Askew
Charles Darwin’s theories of natural selection and evolution have weathered well and he cannot be held responsible for those who have developed a repugnant politics on the back of a vulgarisation of them.
Jun 4, 2013, 08:43 AM

One Book, Two Cities

Tom Wall
James Plunkett’s classic novel reminds us of a society in which the poorest lived in the most appalling and hopeless conditions and the middle and upper classes were barely conscious of their existence.
May 20, 2013, 16:46 PM

A Millionaire of Words

Morten Høi Jensen
Joyce’s funny, moving and infuriating masterpiece should send us, not into the cold and sterile embrace of the examination room, but out again into the warm and throbbing world.
May 6, 2013, 16:30 PM

Trompe l’Oeil

Keith Payne
All is very far from what it seems in a literary mystery novel by poet Ciaran Carson set in Belfast and Paris.
May 6, 2013, 14:33 PM