Book review: Why writers drink

Because of a logistical slip, this review did not get published in the usual venue… I think it’s well worth a read (as is the book in question), so here it is, below: Review: The Trip to Echo Spring. Why Writers Drink by Olivia Laing Canongate, €28.99 (Hardback) Frieda Klotz One of the most pervasive … Continue reading

Glen Hansard on “Once” and New York fame

Last night at I had a chance to hear Glen Hansard speak in the intimate surrounds of Glucksman Ireland House. The audience was promised that Hansard – who achieved fame with his film Once and especially the recent production of a musical version on Broadway – would “tal[k] about music and songwriting.” That he did, though he repeatedly … Continue reading

An artist in the urban jungle

When I first came to New York I was surprised to find it bland. I missed the wry humour of Londoners and the outsider-ish perspective which everyone seems to have there, even those you might think of as insiders. But gradually that changed, and I realised that I just needed a way in. New York is … Continue reading

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