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Flann O’Brien’s “The Various Lives Of Keats And Chapman (Including ‘The Brother’)”

The relationship between Flann O’Brien (also Brian O’Nolan, also Myles na Gopaleen) to the other canonical Irish writers of the twentieth century: Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett, is a tricky one. For the average reader, that is the reader who was … Continue reading

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All Too Irish: Frank McCourt’s “Angela’s Ashes”

 In 1941, Flann O’Brien published one of Ireland’s great comic masterpieces, “An Béal Bocht,” or “The Poor Mouth,” a reference to an Irish expression: “an béal bocht a chur ort” (“to put on the poor mouth”). The expression is a … Continue reading

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Why Society Hates Its Writers

About a month ago, someone posed to me that age-old question about why our society loves to glorify its athletes, celebrities, and businesspeople while its intellectuals: particularly its writers and artists scrape a living off of periodicals and food stamps. … Continue reading

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