As a writer, Christmas is a time to look at what you’ve done over the last twelve months and despair. Look at how little you’ve written and, yet, how much content there is out there! Maybe you should quit and start making memes instead? This year for me was no different, but a couple of […]
My piece on Tony Schwartz has just been published on the JSTOR Daily site. Tony Schwartz was an ad man and urban folklorist. He compiled an audio archive of sounds from the streets around his house in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. He recorded almost everything that interested him, and he nearly always toted a tape recorder. […]
Last year I wandered around Dublin’s Liberties area with Franc Myles, an archaeologist who has carried out numerous digs in the locality. My article based on our journey, which traced the manmade branches of the River Poddle, has just been published in the Dublin Review. [It’s been adapted as the third chapter of my book, […]
Charles Dickens didn’t write the description of Dublin’s Coombe that’s often attributed to him. Instead, in 1853, he dispatched George Sala, a journalist for Dickens’s Household Words, who found in the area: an almost indescribable aspect of dirt and confusion, semi-continental picturesqueness, shabbiness – less the shabbiness of dirt than that of untidiness – over-population, […]
By Karl Whitney. I scrabbled about blindly in the undergrowth in the park in south Dublin. The fact was: Dave Allen’s house just wasn’t to be found. The old building where the comedian grew up had once stood on a site close to the swathes of knotted, twisted foliage I was currently fighting off – […]
Wow. A new book from Woody Allen.
A piece I wrote about The Byrds’ ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ is on Three Hundred Bars here.
John Flansburgh from They Might Be Giants does an interview with Gothamist here, ahead of the band’s new album, The Else. “You both reside in Brooklyn but in different neighborhoods, isn’t that right? Please name one or two things that make you feel a little jealous of the other John’s neighborhood.Park Slope has real trees […]
Spotted on Wikipedia today: Entry for Jonathan Franzen.
CalifarnhamWas at Joe’s birthday on Saturday night in a large pub back up in Rathfarnham. Talk about American-style, bling obsessed surroundings. Was it my imagination or did the display case outside the bathrooms contain bottles of Brut and Cristal champagne? And did the car park have a bunch of characters cruising around playing booming music […]