Born in Los Angeles but should have been born in my parental Ireland. Find me at:"Blogtrotter".
"Just Walk Into That Cloud": Finding Bhutan in Books and Film | 18 Mar 2013 // 6:10 PM
"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."
Wandering Through: An Interview with Elf Power | 6 Apr 2011 // 10:28 PM
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.
What Would Don Draper Do? Reading Dante in a Secular Age | 24 Mar 2015 // 9:30 PM
Many readers of our generation emulate Don Draper, having lost Dante's connections to Christianity or perhaps to any such deity.
'American Interior': A Multimedia Tale of a Welsh Vision Quest | 18 Dec 2014 // 9:30 PM
Gruff Rhys' innovative, multi-platform narrative unfolds the beguiling and intriguing narrative of an enigmatic Welshman seeking out his kind... in America.
'The Age of Atheists' Considers That Beyond Reason or Religion, Our Quest for Meaning Endures | 27 Mar 2014 // 9:30 PM
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?
What Would Thomas Pynchon Do? | 10 Feb 2014 // 9:20 PM
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.
"The Goodness of Privacy in a Warm Room with Books" | 3 Feb 2014 // 9:30 PM
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.
In 'Imperial' Vollmann Struggles to Understand the Salton Sea as He Would a Mark Rothko Painting //24.Nov.13
'Red Shambhala': Telepathy, Mental Powers, Electronic Surveillance & Mysticism in the U.S.S.R. //11.Aug.11
Tommy McKearney's 'The Provisional IRA Is an Insider's Analysis of the Dream and the Reality //28.Jun.11
'Atheist Manifesto' Combines Density with Levity //27.Apr.11
The Warlocks: Songs from the Pale Eclipse | 22 Sep 2016 // 2:42 AM
Songs from the Pale Eclipse will surprise few fans of neo-psychedelia, but it can stand in until the next bold psych release.
'Global Punk': The Longevity of Punk Encourages | 13 Jul 2016 // 3:30 AM
No previous survey of punk has likely examined a Celtic band from Indonesia, or swept across the Basque Country, Poland, and Edinburgh as well as Long Island, Chicago, or Austin.
'Éamon de Valera': From Irish Rebel to Politician | 1 May 2016 // 9:05 PM
This compact study of a man many worshiped and as many despised will serve readers wanting more facts, if less wit.
Wrestling With the Replacements' Legacy in 'Trouble Boys' | 6 Apr 2016 // 3:30 AM
Based on Mehr's plethora of interviews, it seems that most of what seemed grist for the rumor mill about the Replacements was, if anything, understated.
Loss and Selfishness, Isolation and Pleasure and Other Themes in Italian Literature | 1 Feb 2016 // 9:05 PM
Tim Parks' A Literary Tour of Italy is no tour guide of the haunts of famous writers; it's an informative choice for readers seeking the best that Italian writers can offer.
'Drawing Blood' and Doing Violence to Clichés //17.Dec.15
Vegan Cooks of the World, Unite! //4.Nov.15
Destruction Unit: Negative Feedback Resistor //11.Oct.15
'The Dying Grass' Refuses to be Coralled //9.Aug.15
How Do You Pin Down the Concept of Purgatory? //20.Jul.15
Damon and Naomi: Fortune //22.Mar.15
Fawn Spots: From Safer Place //8.Mar.15
Championing the Middle Ages as Innovative //18.Feb.15
Man Against the Elements, Alone on the Prairie //18.Feb.15
The Chills: BBC Sessions //19.Nov.14
Buzzcocks: The Way //16.Nov.14
A Parable of Faith on a Desert Planet //21.Oct.14
"I've Seen the Future and It's Hungry" //16.Sep.14
The Gun Club: Fire of Love //25.Aug.14
The Who: Quadrophenia Live in London //19.Aug.14
The Who's Pomp and Bombast, Egos and Flaws //24.Jul.14
Smells and Bells, Halls and Hells: 'The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London' //22.Jul.14
The Move: Live at the Fillmore 1969 //15.Jul.14
William T. Vollmann's Words to Howl at Death //30.Jun.14
The Brian Jonestown Massacre: A Revelation //10.Jun.14
Frost is Literal and Literary in 'The Alp' //5.Jun.14
'The Sugar Season' Is a Bittersweet Warning //4.Mar.14
Speed the Plough: The Plough & the Stars //28.Jan.14
Morrissey As the Sweet and Tender Hooligan //6.Jan.14
The Black Watch: The End of When //3.Nov.13
Mazzy Star: Seasons of Your Day //24.Oct.13
An Era or a Dramatic Event on a Postcard: 'A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps' //17.Oct.13
The Three O'Clock: The Hidden World Revealed //10.Sep.13
Red Temple Spirits: Red Temple Spirits //8.Sep.13
Disappears: Era //3.Sep.13
Jáchym Topol Deserves Your Attention //26.Aug.13
Destruction Unit: Deep Trip //19.Aug.13
Pond: Hobo Rocket //5.Aug.13
Weekend: Jinx //31.Jul.13
Public Image Ltd.: First Issue //18.Jul.13
Kinski: Cosy Moments //29.May.13
Dump: I Can Hear Music + Superpowerless //28.May.13
The Fall: Re-Mit //22.May.13
Poetic or Introspective Registers Carom Off R-Rated Vernacular in 'The King of Good Intentions' //7.May.13
The House of Love: She Paints Words in Red //23.Apr.13
The Black Angels: Indigo Meadow //3.Apr.13
Linguistic Inanities, Sung Howlers, Spoken Clunkers & Verbal Tics: 'The Grammar of Rock' //21.Mar.13
Psychic Ills: One Track Mind //20.Feb.13
The Surprises that Quiet Epiphanies Can Present to the Attentive Wanderer: Jim Gavin's 'Middle Men' //10.Feb.13
'Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division' Enters the Void but Survives the Plunge Valiantly //31.Jan.13
Golden Void: Golden Void //10.Jan.13
A Verdict on the Visual and Aesthetic Energy of Punk and Its Restive Relations: 'The Art of Punk' //22.Oct.12
The Complete Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Tyler //17.Oct.12
The Price Paid by a Misfit Writer & His Posthumous Reward: 'Butterfly in the Typewriter' //22.Apr.12
Altan: Gleann Nimhe - The Poison Glen //22.Apr.12
Feedtime: The Aberrant Years //22.Mar.12
Archers of Loaf: Vee Vee //23.Feb.12
More Popular than Jesus Christ: 'Padre Pio' //12.Jan.12
Ride: Nowhere (20th Anniversary Edition) //14.Dec.11
The Fall: Ersatz G.B. //4.Dec.11
'Estonia': The Country's Acclaim for Depeche Mode May or May Not Explain so Many Long Faces //22.Nov.11
Magazine: No Thyself //20.Nov.11
Charalambides: Exile //13.Nov.11
Mekons: Ancient & Modern //6.Oct.11
Oneida: Absolute II //10.Aug.11
White Hills: Hp-1 //21.Jun.11
'On the Road to Babadag' Is a Very Existential Report from the Fading Frontiers of the Continent //21.Jun.11
'Peace, Love & Petrol Bombs' Is a Humorous and Poignant Novel About Anarchism -- Possibly a First //1.Jun.11
Damon and Naomi: False Beats and True Hearts //18.May.11
The Horror The Horror: Wilderness //1.May.11
The Black Watch: Led Zeppelin Five //21.Apr.11
Faust: Something Dirty //14.Apr.11
Eleventh Dream Day: Riot Now! //13.Mar.11
Bad + Place = 'Brave New Worlds' //6.Feb.11
Young Prisms: Friends for Now //18.Jan.11
What Sustains so Many Dreamers Turned Fighters Against the Odds? 'The Verso Book of Dissent' //3.Nov.10
Darker My Love: Alive As You Are //2.Sep.10
'Touch & Go' Tells the Tale of a Slapdash, Ornery, and Entertaining Hardcore Punk Fanzine //15.Aug.10
'Sex at Dawn' Talks About that Ol' Innate Urge to Share Ourselves Intimately -- With Many //1.Jul.10
Via Joycean Delight or Pynchonesque Wit, We Do Gain Enjoyment, However Parsed Out, In 'Witz' //24.Jun.10
For Anybody Who Wondered Where Chaucer Hid His Jokes, Read 'Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog' //23.Jun.10
Altan: 25th Anniversary Celebration //13.Jun.10
Hamlet's Blackberry: Or, How to Find Value in Occasionally Disconnecting From Our Devices //10.Jun.10
Téada: Ceol & Cuimhne //9.Jun.10
Solas: The Turning Tide //25.May.10
From Manuscripts to Pop Culture, Dante Endures | 15 Jul 2015 // 6:00 AM
Dante's English Public glances at current adaptations of Dante's work, from the comic Nightcrawler's Inferno to Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves.
A Punk Collage in the Spirit of Walter Benjamin | 30 Aug 2010 // 3:00 AM
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?
J.C. Hallman's The Hospital for Bad Poets | 30 Apr 2010 // 3:00 AM
Twilit zones: suburban malcontents and post-modern autodidacts roam, ponder, fret, and mull.
'Elegy for April': Benjamin Black's New Dublin Noir | 23 Apr 2010 // 2:30 AM
John Banville's alter ego resurrects Quirke in another 1950s Dublin noir adventure.