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August 20th

Today is the birthday of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1890.  He wrote science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories and poems, which at the time were collectively known as "weird fiction".  His writing was deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Christian humanism.  His protagonists often achieved the polar-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by glimpsing the horror of absolute reality.  Women in his stories were rare, and sympathetic women virtually non-existent.  His legacy has impacted a diversity of contemporary writers such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Michel Houellebecq and Jorge Luis Borges.

Currently Reading

The Cave Of The Yellow Dog,
Byambasuren Davaa & Lisa Reisch

Davaa, a young filmmaker, returns to her native country and to the region where she grew up to show us life among the nomadic people. Through the touching story of the young girl Nansaa and her little dog Zochor, she depicts the freedom of life on the steppes, as well as the spirituality of the people and the significance of the Buddhist faith.

Delicate and poignant, Davaa's story also highlights the increasing tensions as these rich traditions come into conflict with the demands of modern urban life. Davaa takes us on a journey into another world, and through poetic writing and exquisite photography she reveals the magic of a culture very different from our own.


Ru is categorised as fiction, and the author insists that the protagonist embodies the experiences of many of the Vietnamese Boat People... read on

And I Quote...
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.  Just get people to stop reading them. ~ Ray Bradbury

The Irish Times selects 20 Great Books by Women and 10 Great Books by Irish Women

Women In Translation Month is underway with readers reviewing what they've read and sharing favourite authors from every corner of the globe.

  Poetry Corner

A Poison Tree
William Blake

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

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