Monthly Archives: March 2014

The one and only Flann O’Brien

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April 1st is the 48th anniversary of the death of Brian O’Nolan, otherwise known as Flann O’Brien and Myles na gCopaleen, author of the great novels At Swim-Two-Birds, The Dalkey Archive and The Third Policeman and of the celebrated Cruiskeen Lawn articles in the Irish Times.

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Tales from The Owl: the story of the universe

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Once the world and all the planets were coloured stones in the enormous pockets of a giant named Roar. Roar was all there was and there was nothing but Roar. He stood alone in the immense darkness for billions and billions of years until an idea formed in his mind. And this was the idea: ROAR BORED. Billions more years passed. And then a new idea: ROAR PLAY. Roar’s hands went into his enormous pockets and pulled out the coloured stones.

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Boyhood Island – Karl Ove Knausgaard

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The third volume of Knausgaard’s My Struggle is out, to predictable controversy. “A masterpiece for the age of the selfie,” says Anthony Cummins  (The Observer, Sunday 23/14); John Crace subjects it to one of his masterly take-offs – “Writing about writing. Writing about not writing. Who cares which when the bandwagon’s rolling?” (The Guardian, 24/3/14), and Hari Kunzru muses on how hard it is to get a grip on how compelling the books are “because much of it appears painfully banal.”(The Guardian (8/3/14)

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