THE END OF A FRIENDSHIP: CAMUS AND SARTRE – By Oran Ryan

  Tonight at Saor Ollscoil I listened and participated in a wonderful seminar about the life and the work and the eventual schism between the two philosopher writers Sartre and Camus. Alas my participation was very small indeed so enthralling and brilliant was the main lecturer Sean Oliver, a veritable walking encyclopaedia on the two  … Continue reading THE END OF A FRIENDSHIP: CAMUS AND SARTRE – By Oran Ryan

On at least trying not to be a very very talented asshole

There are few sections of any society or culture more susceptible to the siren call of monstrous egotism and delusional self belief than that of the artist. Primarily (but not exclusively) a lone calling, the artist interprets and remakes the world in music, dance, writing, sculpting, film, or other materials present. At the highest levels … Continue reading On at least trying not to be a very very talented asshole

No really,do go on telling me how worthless being a writer is… I love Big Brother, honestly…

  I am not by nature a political animal. I have no party political instincts, dislike the whole fakery of politics in any form, and regard most politicians with a visceral distrust I find a little disturbing even to myself. Yet I know writing is a profoundly political activity. It concerns itself with human behaviour, … Continue reading No really,do go on telling me how worthless being a writer is… I love Big Brother, honestly…

Here is my colleague Des Gunning’s response to the recent Irish Times feature on the Dublin Writers Museum

  My colleague Des Gunning just recently wrote this interesting and thought provoking article on the Irish Times Article ( see here http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/looking-for-a-pulse-among-dead-irish-writers-1.1643329 ) on the Dublin Writers Museum I think Rosita Boland's feature of the Dublin Writer's Museum  is something of a missed opportunity.  First off, I see no mention of Robert Nicholson’s role … Continue reading Here is my colleague Des Gunning’s response to the recent Irish Times feature on the Dublin Writers Museum