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“It Is Absurd To Divide People Into Good and Bad. People Are Either Charming or Tedious.”

So said Oscar Wilde, whose birthday it is today. His mother, Jane Speranza Francesca Wilde (aka Lady Wilde, aka “Speranza”) was an incredible woman in the canon of Irish literary history certainly, not to mention its politics and social upheaval. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara was one of those “old” movie stars whom I grew up knowing about because of the yearly showing of Miracle on 34th Street on television, as well as my absolute obsession with Parent Trap. I wanted to be … Continue reading

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Barbaric Genius (2013): Interview with Paul Duane and John Healy

In 1988, the British literary scene was rocked by the publication of London-Irishman John Healy’s extraordinary memoir about his life as a wino, The Grass Arena. It won the top prize in England that year for literary autobiography. It was … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Paul Muldoon

“This work [Paul Muldoon’s book ‘The Annals of Chile’] gives the impression of coming clean and being clandestine at one and the same time. It is Joycean in its combination of the everyday and the erudite, but it is also … Continue reading

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Ulysses Full House

“The pity is that the public will demand and find a moral in my book, or worse they may take it in some serious way, and on the honour of a gentleman, there is not one single serious word in … Continue reading

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“The Catechism of the Ithaca Episode Really Helped Me Over There in Iraq.”

Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq reading from ULYSSES at Bloomsday celebration in downtown Manhattan, 2012. He said that while in Iraq he would read the Proteus episode over and over again. He said it helped give him … Continue reading

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“Horseman Pass By”: Happy Birthday, William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats was born today in 1865. Yeats is a great poet and all that, but I grew up pretty much “over” him because he was omnipresent in our household. We were made to memorize his epitaph in order … Continue reading

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Hear Dublin Roar

Metallica singing “Whiskey in the Jar” to a jumping thrashing crowd in Dublin. Mad hat tip to Thin Lizzy. Listen to that crowd singing in unison.

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Music Can Save Your Mortal Soul

Jean, Me, Irishman (“Baldie”), and firetruck in background, Dublin The boys my sisters and I met in Donnybrook decided to take us to a place called Rio’s. Brian was the ringleader. We left the huge pub in Donnybrook en masse, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Brendan Behan

Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in. — Brendan Behan Brendan Behan, Irish playwright and terrorist, was born on this day, in Dublin, in 1923. He led a … Continue reading

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