Saturday, February 25, 2023

Friday, February 17, 2023

Beers & Books CCXCVII – Lucia Berlin: Selected Stories

What will you do when you leave?
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories.

Lucia Berlin (12 November 1936 – 12 November 2004)

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Monday, February 13, 2023

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Unforgettable Carlos Saura

¡Esa Luz! / This Light!

In one of his late interviews, Carlos Saura asked that when he died, no one should remember him. It was only important for him to be remembered as long as he lived.
Ah, Señor Saura, this wish will remain unfulfilled.
Thanks a lot. Rest in peace.

Carlos Saura (4 January 1932 – 10 February 2023)

Thursday, February 09, 2023

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Beers & Books CCXC – Frans Eemil Sillanpää

Hurskas kurjuus (1919)
Should be translated a Pious Misery

Frans Eemil Sillanpää (16 September 1888 – 3 June 1964)

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Beers & Books CCLXXXIX – The Road to Brightcity

Nine stories, translated by Eoghan Ó Tuairisc,
in 1981 made accessible for the first time
to an English speaking readership
exquisite masterpieces of Ó Cadhain's writings.


Máirtín O'Cadhain (1906 – 18 October 1970) 

Monday, February 06, 2023

Mo(o)nday Poetry

iVivimos en celdas
de cristal,
en colmena de aire!
Nos besamos a través
de cristal.
iMaravillosa cárcel,
cuya puerta
es la luna!
- - -
We live in cells
of crystal
in a beehive of air!
We are kissing each other
through crystal.*
Wonderful prison,
the door of which
is the moon!
* cristal: glass, crystal, water (poetical)

Federico García Lorca (5 June 1898 – 19 August 1936)

Sunday, February 05, 2023

Beers & Books CCLXXXVIII – An Eochair / The Key

A mixture of kafka-esque satire, farce, black comedy and tragedy.

Máirtín O'Cadhain (1906 – 18 October 1970)

Saturday, February 04, 2023

Friday, February 03, 2023

Thursday, February 02, 2023

Our Civilisation

"Our civilization, bequeathed to us by fierce adventurers, eaters of meat and hunters, is so full of hurry and combat, so busy about many things which perhaps are of no importance, that it cannot but see something feeble in a civilization which smiles as it refuses to make the battlefield the test of excellence."
James Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941)

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Beers & Books CCLXXXVI – Diary of a Bookseller

Thursday, 24 April
An elderly customer told me
that her book club's next book was Dracula,
but she could not remember what he'd written.