Summer has risen, and where better to celebrate than split between the grassy lawns and lush banquet halls of IMMA. Beginning with the launch of a large-scale Hélio Oiticica retrospective on Friday 18th July, a subsequent series of mini-bashes will bring food, film, art and giggles to the Kilmainham site under the name Summer Rising. Technically a festival, but more like a two week long serenade to summer, there’ll be banquets and boogying, open-air cinema, DJ sets and d...read more
“The house where nobody thought or talked politics was a house in Ely Place, where a number of young men lived together, and, for want of a better name, were called Theosophists … the reading room was a place of much discussion about philosophy and about the arts.”
-- W. B. Yeats, Autobiography, 1922.
In the drawing room of 3 Ely Place, something lurks behind the wallpaper. Owned by Frederick and Annie Dick in the 1890s, this rather forlorn Georgian building was once a meeting place and ...read more
Born in Portland, Oregon, Addie Wagenknecht is an artist who casts an unwavering eye on the political issues of the post-Wikileaks world, taking in feminist discourse, pop culture, pornography, data, surveillance and drone technology – all approached with a refined artistic sensibility and sharp wit. In the past few years, she’s made an animation on a digital watch called Lasertits, made cam girls pose as the Mona Lisa (Webcam Venus - NSFW), rocked cradles with robotic arms (Optimisation of ...read more
The concept is simple, and the attitude is freewheeling. On the 100th anniversary of Joyce’s Dubliners, 15 Irish authors were each asked to “cover” a story from the collection, interpreting the brief and the stories however they chose. In Dubliners 100, established authors and new voices have crafted pieces that gleefully riff on Joyce’s originals, reworking his distinctive language, evocative settings and resonant concerns against a contemporary backdrop. The collection invites rather t...read more
The concept of the city centre park has always been something of a paradox. An attempt to capture the freedom of the wild and place it in the beating heart of urbanity, it strikes an interesting compromise between the architectural and the natural, exterior and interior; bridging the twin worlds of private and public space.
From May 16th, one of Dublin's most culturally important green spaces, Merrion Square, plays host to an exhibition of contemporary art bouncing off this theme. Titled ...read more
As you may or may not know, Totally Dublin have become media partners with the Irish Architecture Foundation's Open House Dublin 2013 Festival and in the middle of the September issue of Totally Dubli...read more
‘As a reader growing up in Ireland, I felt a personal alienation from the kind of books I saw coming out – with some exceptions, you know. A lot of these books were just so sedate, so polite. They didn’t seem to speak to and of the harsh, intense, technological reality I was confronted with.’
Clarice Lispector tends to get top billing for ‘looking like Marlene Dietrich and writing like Virginia Woolf’. The formula doesn’t just linger because it’s easy to remember: it is kept on so as to shelve a deeply troubling writer somewhere at the back between ‘feminist Theory canon’ and ‘exotic South American canon’. This Penguin reissue of The Passion According to G.H. – along with another four of her works – is an opportunity to get beyond the cosmetics.
From Out Of The City John Kelly [Dalkey Archive Press] Broadcaster and occasional harmonica player with Van Morrison, John Kelly’s latest novel is set in a Dublin of the near future, the capital of a decaying police state populated by crooks, perverts and double agents. Narrated by an omniscient geriatric read more…
The British psychotherapist, Adam Phillips, is one of our foremost contemporary essayists. He is most recently the author of One Way and Another. His other works include On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, Houdini’s Box, and On Balance. He is the general editor of the Penguin Classics translations of Sigmund Freud, and a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.
Collected Poems Vladimir Nabokov [Penguin Classics] Here’s something indispensable: a Collected Poems that redresses the recent lack of Nabokov’s verse in English circulation. It’s a shame, though, that the lyrics themselves are so conventional. This is fettered verse from the man widely held to have inaugurated the open form in read more…
Despite the considerable international success of its musicians, filmmakers and contemporary artists, South Korea has never really figured on the global literary landscape. It’s difficult to know why exactly, especially from this vantage. The Korean language enjoys a comparatively belated relationship with the written word: it was without its own script read more…
My 1980s & Other Essays Wayne Koestenbaum [Farrar, Strauss and Giroux] Walter Benjamin once spoke about the modern world growing ‘poor in threshold experiences’. Wayne Koestenbaum, hearing this, made the fragment his signature vehicle of expression. My 1980s flits between Heidegger and Hart Crane, between Cary Grant and Debbie Harry. read more…
Partial List of People to Bleach Gary Lutz [Future Tense Books] Gary Lutz’s penchant for verbal twistings can at first simply seem weird for the sake of weird, yet they are anything but gratuitous quirks of style. The dyspraxic effect of his ‘incorrect’ – but entirely apt – alterations to affixes read more…
Parallax Sinéad Morrissey [Carcanet] Ekphrasis is the cornerstone of Sinéad Morrissey’s fifth collection. From Denis Thorpe’s photographs, inside the newly-deceased L. S. Lowry’s house, to Alexander Robert Hogg’s pictures of Belfast slums, she recasts visual frames. At Parallax’s core – to borrow from Barthes – is ‘the terrible thing which is read more…
@totallydublin @cjpurcell Cheers for the mag, looking forward to getting stuck into it. 5:49 pm Jul-29-2014
@totallydublin Nice Gaff -This month we discuss the Dublin Civic Offices http://t.co/Q75HAZDqE6 1:42 pm Jul-29-2014
@totallydublin Home From Home: Heather on Greenville, South Carolina http://t.co/q5Gxjwx6YX 1:38 pm Jul-29-2014