Born in Los Angeles but should have been born in my parental Ireland. Find me at:“Blogtrotter”.
Monday, March 18 2013
"Happy peasants in bountiful fields. A King who's too good to be true.... I'm making photos, shooting video and collecting stories. Everybody in Bhutan's got a story -- some of them might even be true."
Wednesday, April 6 2011
Starring in surrealist films? Stumbling upon comic-book cover art? These are just some of the questions answered by Elf Power as they continue to celebrate the release of their 10th album.
Thursday, March 27 2014
Who will choose this enriching and rewarding removal from reality TV and manufactured distraction? Who will walk the course mapped in these heady pages, along a sobering path of self-awareness of our fragile presence surrounded by darkness and mystery?
Monday, February 10 2014
Like his protagonists, Thomas Pynchon appears to remind us, in his absence from advising us, that we must rely on our own smarts, arrayed against mystery and cynicism and corruption.
Monday, February 3 2014
We all search for escape, and while music, drugs, radicalism, or fame may ease the monotony, the protagonists of so many of these tales find themselves at the end of their narratives still constrained.
Sunday, November 24 2013
Here as in all his works, William T. Vollman sides with the poor and the marginalized, but he tries to remain fair to all he meets, even as he confesses his prejudice, or tolerance.
Monday, August 12 2013
"I am not by nature cut out for this life, as it's defined in these parts by the chamber of commerce and our bishop, who is devoted to Christian family living, as everyone knows." This deadpan tone suits J.F. Powers and his conflicted, capitalist, Midwestern, mid-century priests well.
Wednesday, October 1 2014
Ireland's clerical and lay authorities, humbugs and scolds, and the dull "plain people" were not safe from Flann O'Brien's many sharp pens.
Tuesday, September 30 2014
Much of this New Zealand compilation recalls a promo sampler from 25 or 30 years ago, when "college rock" was a niche and variety encouraged on a more daring or more cocky label's eclectic roster.
Tuesday, September 16 2014
Similar to albums by Kilgour's band the Clean, End Times Undone feels longer than it is, in a good way.
Tuesday, September 16 2014
The Bone Clocks merges set-scenes of imaginative showdowns with intellectual reflection, which will reward the keen and alert reader.
Sunday, September 14 2014
William Alexander's cardiologist asks about any new stress in his life. "Well, I am studying French," he answers.
Monday, August 30 2010
Why did punk implode so rapidly? Why did its bands flare up and fade out? And how did this movement resist yet revamp the hippies they rushed to replace?
Friday, April 30 2010
Twilit zones: suburban malcontents and post-modern autodidacts roam, ponder, fret, and mull.
Friday, April 23 2010
John Banville's alter ego resurrects Quirke in another 1950s Dublin noir adventure.