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Mister Perfect

Michael Hinds
The frequently quoted descriptions of Michael Donaghy as a modern metaphysical may make prospective readers nervous; yet in the main there is nothing ostentatiously intellectual about his work. Rather, the abiding impression is that a poem is a minor fuss worth making.
Dec 1, 2014, 20:18 PM

Irish Art Series

Catherine Marshall and Rachel Moss
The Royal Irish Academy’s five-volume history of art is a hugely ambitious project which has been five years in the making and involves two hundred and fifty contributors. Here two of its editors explain its range and place in the development of Irish art history.
Dec 1, 2014, 20:12 PM

The Big Show

Pádraig Yeates
A new book on 1914-18 is lavishly illustrated and, without doubt, a rollicking good read. This is military history as entertainment on a scale that we have not seen since, well, since the First World War.
Dec 1, 2014, 20:09 PM

Becoming a Conservative ... and After

Frank Freeman
Political journeys are not always one-directional. For some people neither the right nor the liberal left is an entirely satisfying place and it becomes necessary, if one is motivated by a desire for the common good, to endorse values from one and the other.
Dec 1, 2014, 20:07 PM

The World Turned Upside Down

Hugh Gough
Ideas certainly played an important role in the intellectual and political ferment that was the French Revolution, but it may be going too far to attempt to separate those ideas into distinct, contending political philosophies to which the main revolutionary figures can be attached.
Dec 1, 2014, 20:01 PM

The Last Chapter

Enda O’Doherty
Books and bookselling have been with us for a couple of thousand years, in which time they have progressed out of the libraries and into bookshops and homes, away from institutions and towards individuals. A great success story, but nearly all stories have an ending.
Dec 1, 2014, 19:57 PM

Less Thought, More Action

Antony Tatlow
The German theatre company Schaubühne has toured its surtitled version of Hamlet in a translation which would more be accurately described as a transformation. The interpretation may be daring but the interweaving of meaning and “music” which makes Shakespeare’s language so memorable is lost.
Dec 1, 2014, 19:32 PM

The Scruple of Detail

Michael Cronin
Shifted whole from one language to another, philosophical terms leave behind a rich history of usage, interpretation, and interaction with other terms. To understand them properly we must recover some of that past, working against the grain of  the monologic of the monoglot.
Dec 1, 2014, 19:25 PM

The Civic Public Square

Fergus O’Ferrall
How should religious groups interact with the public sphere and attempt to influence policy? Or should they stay out of the political marketplace altogether? The liberal Catholicism of Daniel O’Connell, which emphasised that a right or freedom is a right or freedom for everyone, may provide a model.
Dec 1, 2014, 19:22 PM

Imagining the Irish

David Blake Knox
Good-humoured, charming, hospitable and gregarious, yet drawn to tragedy. Are the Irish subject to some kind of collective manic depression ‑ lurching wildly from exuberant craic to existential despair? Or is this just the kind of moonshine we like to feed our customers?
Dec 1, 2014, 19:10 PM

Education for Democracy

Jonathan Creasy
Founded in 1933 in western North Carolina, Black Mountain College sought to promote the educational and democratic principles of John Dewey. It had enormous success in attracting major figures to teach but still had some difficulty in implementing racial integration.
Dec 1, 2014, 19:07 PM

In the Rubber Kingdom

Andrew Lees
In 1908,1,675 vessels docked in the harbour of Manaus on the Amazon, the steamships stashed with a cornucopia of extravagances including Huntley and Palmer’s biscuits, tinned Danish butter, White Label whisky, Maples cedarwood tables and Victor gramophones.
Dec 1, 2014, 19:01 PM

A Voice Seldom Heard

John Bradley
There are two ways of responding to perceived injustice: you can complain, or you can get out. If you are loyal to the organisation you will not get out; your choice then is between speaking out and remaining silent. Micheál Mac Gréil chose to stay in and speak out.
Dec 1, 2014, 18:58 PM

Saved by Rock ’n’ Roll

Desmond Traynor
In the 1950s, when Susan Sontag was a young woman, high culture, middlebrow culture and pop culture existed in hermetically sealed spheres. In her writings on pop and as a pioneer of film studies in the English language cultural sphere, she was decisively to change all that.
Dec 1, 2014, 18:54 PM