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It’s a Dublin Thing.

In #rabble2, Culture, Highlights, Interviews, Politics, Print Edition by James Redmond3 Comments

A gritty, urban poetry shines through Products of the Environment, a compilation album on Working Class Records. Track after track documents growing up with little in the way of options and realities dominated by drug abuse, crime and paranoia. Accompanying videos capture blighted estates full of hooded youth, pushed to the margins by the city’s economic apartheid. The sort of places the rest of us just cycle through.

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{Flash Fiction} Our Leading Poet

In #rabble2, Culture, Humour, Illustration, Politics, Print Edition by Dave Lordan1 Comment

He was number one of ten thousand and had been tormented by unspeakable lusts all his life. His cock was like a black hole in his trousers. All of his thoughts got sucked down into it. Given the chance he’d have been a fulltime fucker, leaping from body to grasping body, composing verses on the hop. If the world had been logical from his point of view, he would have … Read More

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{Urban} The Stiletto In The Ghetto.

In Blog, Culture by Conor TobinLeave a Comment

A dreary Dublin day on O’Connell Street is never an extraordinary thing: the grey colour of slightly run down buildings, bustling people, a walkway peppered with Jim Larkin, the Virgin Mary, O’Connell, and the odd bit of greenery. Conor Tobin tries to find some meaning in the gigantic metal spike that defiantly rises above them all. No, it is not an antenna, not some steel pylon that you imagined to be … Read More

{Film Review} Drive.

In Blog, Culture, Film by Ciara Kennedy4 Comments

Ryan Gosling revisits the character of monosyllabic, simpleton Lars, now transported from the American Midwest to Los Angeles where he has a job as stunt driver/get away driver and a mechanic. He no longer needs to purchase female companionship from the internet, now he just needs to stare at ladies in elevators and ingeniously bribe their offspring with toothpicks to have them forgetting their wedding vows. Drive is a film … Read More

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{Film Review} Page One: Inside The New York Times.

In Blog, Culture, Film, Politics by James Redmond1 Comment

Here’s a fly-on-the-wall documentary about a major American newspaper trying to find its feet in the digital age. Over the course of a year, Andrew Rossi filmed in the offices of the New York Times; gaining unprecedented access to its daily workings and capturing it at a unique juncture where dailies played a grim race to see who went under first. Season 5 of The Wire constantly springs to mind: it’s a lot of quick talking guys chewing the cud on the ethics of journalism and avoiding redundancy offers.