Books

Review: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

  The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (Melville House / Graywolf Press) In the same week I reread Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, I downloaded a Granta podcast with American writer and activist Rebecca Solnit. Solnit writes about place, politics and gender among other...

Announcing The Glass Shore…

Happy International Women's Day - and congratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney (both Long Gaze Back contributors) who have been nominated for the Bailey's Prize. Over the weekend I chaired a Long Gaze Back Panel event, with Lisa McInerney, Siobhan Mannion...

Music

Review: The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave (Canongate) 25 years ago, German filmmaker Uli M. Schüppel made The Road to God Knows Where, a documentary that followed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on a US tour. Shot in grainy black-and-white, this was not the hell-raising shenanigans...

Interview: Kim Gordon

  Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (Faber & Faber) One of the most surprising things about Kim Gordon, when she picks up the phone on the US West Coast, is how quiet she sounds. As the bass player in of the most musically interesting and decibel-bending bands of...

Film

“This was no boat accident” – Jaws at 40

  One morning in the 1980s, my younger brother and I shuffled down the stairs, bleary-eyed and slightly shell-shocked. As we mournfully munched our cereal, we wondered who’d confess first. “I thought he was going to come through the wall!” he finally wailed. I...

Second among equals: female journalists in film

The lazy Hollywood cliche that is the female journalist has been a staple of cinema for many decades, and is back again in the form of a simpering Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart. SINEAD GLEESON reports... Scott Cooper’s latest film Crazy Heart is big on the kind of...

Theatre

Theatre Review: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

For anyone who’s read Eimear McBride’s uncompromising and brilliant debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing - where language is ne plus ultra – a stage adaptation seems like an obvious reimagining. On the page, Girl’s narrative is a harrowing monologue tracing her...

Review: The Aristocrats at The Abbey Theatre

The Aristocrats by Brian Friel Abbey Theatre, Dublin **** When The Aristocrats was first produced at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre in 1979, Charlie Haughey became Taoiseach and Margaret Thatcher was elected British Prime Minister. Away from the ballot box, the Loyalist...

Television

Interview: BJ Novak

Steve Martin has done it, so has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in children’s books, and as much as BJ Novak is having fun with The Book With No Pictures, he recognises the eyeroll aspect of...

Interview: Beau Willimon

In the deeply competitive, ever-changing world of television drama, there is no one route in, but Beau Willimon avoided the obvious options of media production, or interning. The 36-year-old is currently one of the youngest showrunners (an umbrella term for a role...

Interview: Sharon Horgan

‘These days female comedy sells, and people want to watch it’ -  In the old days there was ‘French and Saunders’. Now there’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, not to mention Horgan herself, with ‘Psychobitches’ and ‘Catastrophe’. Does comedy need quotas? In 2006 the TV...

Radio

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Features

Theatre Review: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

For anyone who’s read Eimear McBride’s uncompromising and brilliant debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing - where language is ne plus ultra – a stage adaptation seems like an obvious reimagining. On the page, Girl’s narrative is a harrowing monologue tracing her...

Review: The Aristocrats at The Abbey Theatre

The Aristocrats by Brian Friel Abbey Theatre, Dublin **** When The Aristocrats was first produced at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre in 1979, Charlie Haughey became Taoiseach and Margaret Thatcher was elected British Prime Minister. Away from the ballot box, the Loyalist...

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