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#161 GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS

#161 GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS

GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS Grossbooted draymen rolled barrels dullthudding out of Prince’s stores and bumped them up on the brewery float. On the brewery float bumped dullthudding barrels rolled by grossbooted draymen out of Prince’s stores. —There it is, Red...
#158 Got a dinge in the side of his hat. Carriage probably.

#158 Got a dinge in the side of his hat. Carriage probably.

Martin Cunningham emerged from a sidepath, talking gravely. Solicitor, I think. I know his face. Menton, John Henry, solicitor, commissioner for oaths and affidavits. Dignam used to be in his office. Mat Dillon’s long ago. Jolly Mat. Convivial evenings. Cold...
#160 THE WEARER OF THE CROWN

#160 THE WEARER OF THE CROWN

THE WEARER OF THE CROWN Under the porch of the general post office shoeblacks called and polished. Parked in North Prince’s street His Majesty’s vermilion mailcars, bearing on their sides the royal initials, E. R., received loudly flung sacks of letters,...
#157 Can’t bury in the air however

#157 Can’t bury in the air however

He looked down intently into a stone crypt. Some animal. Wait. There he goes. An obese grey rat toddled along the side of the crypt, moving the pebbles. An old stager: greatgrandfather: he knows the ropes. The grey alive crushed itself in under the plinth, wriggled...
#159 IN THE HEART OF THE HIBERNIAN METROPOLIS

#159 IN THE HEART OF THE HIBERNIAN METROPOLIS

IN THE HEART OF THE HIBERNIAN METROPOLIS Before Nelson’s pillar trams slowed, shunted, changed trolley, started for Blackrock, Kingstown and Dalkey, Clonskea, Rathgar and Terenure, Palmerston Park and upper Rathmines, Sandymount Green, Rathmines, Ringsend and...
#156 awfullygladaseeagain hellohello

#156 awfullygladaseeagain hellohello

Mr Bloom walked unheeded along his grove by saddened angels, crosses, broken pillars, family vaults, stone hopes praying with upcast eyes, old Ireland’s hearts and hands. More sensible to spend the money on some charity for the living. Pray for the repose of the...
The Grype
Straight from the Heart

Straight from the Heart

The Gun Control argument continues, and as always it polarizes the political landscape as various pundits and party policymakers mine it for more juicy controversy to feed their PR machines. I have read the Federalist Papers and have studied James Madison’s...
Money to Bern

Money to Bern

The Minimum Wage debate continues to attract attention, despite the fact that it’s technically already a done deal; it must ultimately be raised. Everyone knows that. Yet big business continues to fight it tooth and nail. Interestingly, for many decades the...
Potty Break

Potty Break

Religion versus Science, Part Two: Look: it’s pretty easy. Science is a means by which we attempt to classify, measure, and understand those things which we currently have the ability to measure, at any given point in time. Metaphysics— including religion— is a...
Warning: May Require Effort

Warning: May Require Effort

With The Pope’s™ recent visit to the United States now over, I can’t help but notice the entire country is embroiled in an angry tizzy over who’s “right” and “wrong” in accordance with the spiritual plane. Atheists and...
Euro Peons

Euro Peons

So this week— despite the very real possibility of another incredibly-expensive, completely needless partisan-publicity-stunt-driven Government “shut down” in our immediate future—  instead everyone seems up in arms about the pros and cons of raising the...
A Matter of Priorities

A Matter of Priorities

So… in the category of “social issues that endlessly generate enormous mounds of behavioral bullshit,” the whole same-sex marriage issue is quite simply the gift that keeps on giving. Lately everyone is up in arms about the handful of elected...