Archive for May, 2013


Amidst widespread criticism, Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy group gained some momentum today as it announced Steven Chen and Barry Diller have signed on as financial backers. Chen was a co-founder of YouTube, and Diller is the chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp which owns About, Match, Newsweek and Vimeo. Diller and Chen, an immigrant himself, will fund campaigns for immigration reform. has been quietly enduring an onslaught of negative publicity for funding ads promoting oil drilling in the Alaskan wildlife refuge and the Keystone XL oil pipeline run in exchange for support from political candidates it hopes will vote for immigration and education reform initiatives the group campaigns for. These projects clash with the liberal viewpoints of many of’s backers. The scandal led eco-champion Elon Musk and Yammer founder David Sacks to withdraw support from

The fact that Chen and Diller joined the group is remarkable because some would…

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I don’t know anyone who thought the process of editing their Twitter profile was just too complex — talk about first world problems — but they’re surely out there somewhere and working themselves into a tizzy over a recent announcement made by Twitter profile engineer Patrick Ewing. In a triumphant tweet, Ewing made it known that Twitter users can now edit their profiles in-line without having to pop into a separate account settings tab.

Frankly, it’s a wonder we made it made this far as a society without the ability to more easily tweak our Twitter profile blurbs. The changes aren’t perhaps as sweeping as one would hope though — while you can edit any of your personal info as well as swap your header or profile images at the drop of a hat, you’ll still have to venture into your profile settings page in order to revamp your…

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Dublin Writers Festival Blog


Little John Nee is a writer, storyteller, performer and musician, who will be performing at the Faber Social, which takes place in Smock Alley, the Banquet Hall tomorrow at 6pm.

What is your idea of happiness?

Creating theatre shows and hanging out with friends.

Where would you most like to live?

In a comfortable barn on four acres of land.

What is your favourite virtue?


What are your favourite qualities in a man?

Generosity, gentleness, integrity, sense of humour, creativity and compassion.

What are your favourite qualities in a woman?

Generosity, gentleness, integrity, sense of humour, creativity, compassion and a good kisser.

What do you most value in your friends?


What is your biggest weakness?

Creating theatre.

What do you enjoy doing most?

Creating theatre.

What is your most marked characteristic?


What is your idea of misery?


If not yourself, who would you like to be?

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Posted: May 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

One of historians greatest primary tools Maps

History at Galway

North American buckskin map. Object 88 of 100. British Museum.Back in 2010, while reading – and listening to – the brilliant A History of the World in 100 Objects (yes, that’s where the Irish Times got it from), one of my favourite items was a North American buckskin map from the late eighteenth century. Depicting the region between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, the map was drawn by Piakshaw Indians to communicate in discussions over land with European settlers. I can vividly remember loading the podcast on to my iPhone last summer and standing gazing at the object in the British Museum while Neil MacGregor – BM director and narrator of the BBC Radio 4 series – explained the conceptual differences between American Indian visions of territory and those of the ever-encroaching Europeans. (A note in case anyone is worried about my sanity: Neil MacGregor’s voice was coming through some pretty standard in-ear headphones rather than a disembodied…

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Dublin Writers Festival Blog


The Ballymun Booker with John Banville, Roddy Doyle & Anne Enright in Axis, Ballymun – Tuesday, 21st May 2013

When I finally found my way to the Axis in Ballymun, after an absurd wrong turn off the M50, I took my seat at 7pm and awaited the event that I was most looking forward to this week. The Director of the Axis, Mark O’Brien, was the first to appear on stage and said how delighted he was that the Dublin Writers Festival had spread across Dublin to hold an event there. He then introduced Dermot Bolger, who I actually hadn’t realised was chairing the event. *Note to self – read the programme more carefully in future.* Dermot Bolger took to the stage where he detailed the background of the Man Booker Prize and the history of Irish writers in it. He then introduced the three most recent Irish winners to do a…

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Caitlin Moran!

Posted: May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Dublin Writers Festival Blog

Caitlin Moran!







<—- I just think this is a lovely photograph.She is in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson tonight and they will both be brilliant.                                                  (SK)

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Hubert Butler & The Holocaust with Máire Mhac an tSaoi, Fergal Keane & Robert Tobin | Dublin Writers Festival.


Chairperson: Dr Zuleika Rodgers


Hubert Butler (1900–1991), Kilkenny man-of-letters, remains a largely undiscovered treasure of Irish literature. Proud of his Protestant heritage while still deeply committed to the Irish nation, he sought in his life and writing to ensure that Ireland would grow into an open and pluralistic society. His four volumes of essays are masterful literature in the tradition of Swift, Yeats and Shaw, elegant and humane readings of Irish and European history, and ultimately hopeful testimony to human progress. To commemorate Butler’s life and writing, Dublin Writers Festival presents a series of three panel discussions focusing on different aspects of Butler’s work.


A writer for whom “the ethical imagination” was paramount, Hubert Butler wrote many essays addressing twentieth-century cultural nationalism, the dangers of globalization and mass communication, the search for humane community, racialism, Mitteleuropa, Stalinism, and the Holocaust. For this second of three events exploring Butler’s work, the poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi, the BBC journalist Fergal Keane and the Robert Tobin (biographer of Butler) will discuss Butler on the fate of European Jewry.


The Hubert Butler discussions are brought to you in association with the journal Irish Pages and are funded by the Arts Council through their participation in the Cultural Programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


The Hubert Butler discussions are brought to you in association with the journal Irish Pages and are funded by the Arts Council through their participation in the Cultural Programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


The Dustbin of History



I am pleased to announce the launch of John Borgonovo’s latest book, The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918 (Cork University Press). John has been a friend of The Dustbin of History since its inception, and his previous works the critically acclaimed Spies, Informers and the Anti-Sinn Féin Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1919-1921 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006) and The Battle for Cork: July-August 1922 (Cork: Mercier, 2011) based on years of painstaking research have offered  penetrating insights into Cork in the revolutionary period. His work has become an important facet of the ongoing historiographical debate concerning the IRA and violence at this time.  This book is set to add significantly to our understanding of the dynamics of the revolution and violence in Cork by exploring its origins in the effect of the First World War on Irish society.

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A Tribute to Sir Colin Davis  Camden Review – Camden’s take on the London arts scene.


A Wonderful article about two concerts are being performed next month by the London Symphony Orchestra in tribute Sir Colin Davis, its principal conductor for more than 30 years, who died last month.Music chosen for the concerts on June 16 and 18 involve some of Sir Colin’s best-loved pieces,including  Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, the work that changed his life.

A Tribute to Sir Colin Davis is on June 16 and 18 in the Barbican Hall, 7.30pm, tickets from £10