• Social Class in Dublin: the final taboo

    Dirty old classism As I prepare to leave Dublin, I find myself reflecting on the things that make life in this city special. Many are splendid: the quick Dublin wit, the pleasant gift of the gab, the unique blend of international culture and local identity. But some are less worthy of celebration, and in this

  • Is Social Media turning us into monsters?

    Antisocial Media I started using social media a year and a half ago, mainly to promote my freshly published book, The Hydra. It took me a few days to figure out the main functions, a week to hone my marketing strategy and within a month, I found myself embroiled in bitter, acrimonious exchanges with anonymous

  • The moment I became a writer

    The pub was crowded, as was usual for pub quiz night in our local Brussels boozer, an Irish pub by the name of ‘Michael Collins’. The quiz had reached that point where the organisers pause to tabulate the scores from the first four question rounds. Our team members all looked up from our scrawled notes

  • Rendering Joy: the most difficult and most under-appreciated craft

    The Art of Joy The thought has often occurred to me that there is an imbalance in the way we value artistic quality, when it comes to rendering negative versus positive emotions. The expression through art of negative emotions is very often seen by critics and the public as particularly laudable. Poignant, gripping, gut-wrenching. One

  • The Hillary Fallacy – why the “Kang and Kodos” logic does not appeal to me.

                Despite my better judgement, I have recently found myself getting into social media exchanges with supporters of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. These exchanges are often acrimonious and always pointless, because no one ever manages to convince anyone else of their point of view on social media. However, the arguments

  • Why is the world polarising? And what can we do about it?

    In the aftermath of the First World War, at a time when massive social divisions were fuelling the rise of extremism both on the left and the right, and venerable empires in Britain, Austria and Russia were crumbling, Irish poet William Butler Yeats appeared to capture the Zeitgeist perfectly with his poem, The Second Coming,

  • Reviews of The Hydra on Amazon

    Most Recent Customer Reviews 5.0 out of 5 starsIngenious The plot is very well written and the narrative managed to make the villain a sympathetic character even when you know he is guilty. The twist in the end actually surprised me. Read more Published 5 months ago by Christiane C. Brossi 5.0 out of 5

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