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Performing Northern Ireland: Stephen Rea in Cyprus Avenue and Hard Border

Content warning: this article quotes derogatory sectarian language and references sectarian and domestic violence. Although the worst violence of the Troubles has ended, the Northern Irish national identity remains a profoundly contested entity. As Lisa Fitzpatrick observes, “Post-ceasefire, Northern Ireland is emerging as a self-governing entity with a web of links connecting it politically, socially, and culturally both to the United Kingdom and the Republic … Continue reading Performing Northern Ireland: Stephen Rea in Cyprus Avenue and Hard Border

Beautiful Fossils: The Future in the Hands of Mark O’Connell and Don DeLillo

With the world in a state of major upheaval, narratives of crisis are in fashion. For decades, Don DeLillo has chronicled disasters, crises and tragedies of every sort, from real-life assassinations and atrocities to imagined environmental disasters and personal traumas. The outside world has caught up with him and, in the midst of the pandemic, his latest novel The Silence (2020) looks at a technological … Continue reading Beautiful Fossils: The Future in the Hands of Mark O’Connell and Don DeLillo

The Luxury of Longing

1. I realised that I could not have lived there in the first quarantine. Our cupboards had no doors, and we kept all of our food in plastic boxes: when leaving I realised that the box assigned to me contained a large amount of things that were not my things, but that had been imputed to me nonetheless. There was a tin of intriguing biscuits … Continue reading The Luxury of Longing