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More Micks than Dicks: A Hybrid beckettian Novella in 3 Genres by Peter O'Neill - Review by Ross Breslin

“More Micks Than Dicks: A Hybrid Beckettian Novella in 3 Genres” is a strange beast indeed. Part prose narrative, part academic dissertation and part poetry cycle, it’s a thoroughly postmodern work that—in the hands of a lesser talent—could very easily have failed in its unwieldly ambition to function as a cohesive work. Really, it would take the mind of a poet to conceptualize how something like this could, against the odds, work so well. Serendipitously, Peter O’Neill is most certainly that.

And so is his Author-surrogate, White—the protagonist of the novelistic aspects of the work. White, the poet, has been invited to enter the stuffy halls of academia to present a talk on the influences of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus on the Samuel Beckett novel “Comment C’est”. He’ll be speaking at the HQ of The Beckett Society of Ireland, no less, for an international conference on “Samuel Beckett and Ireland”. What does Heraclitus have to do with Ireland, you might wonder? White doesn’t much care. He has something to say...

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The Working Man: Lizard Fingers Video Premiere

The Working Man—without a doubt one of the most unique, boisterous and simply balls-out entertaining rock outfits to come out of the UK in recent years—returns with yet another demented video escapade, available exclusively today this 19th of October 2017, and following the election-themed “Look at this Tory Cunt” earlier this year.


Both heavy and melodious, with a suitably deranged keyboard lead that sounds like something that might have been first worked out on the sanitarium “therapy” xylophone—before edging seamlessly into a more old-school heavy metal guitar rendition—“Lizard Fingers” is a delightfully in-your-face, ska-tinged hard rock bruiser with an off-kilter, paranoid feel that fits perfectly with the song’s conspiracy-themed subject matter...

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At Vacuum's Edge by Michael Mc Aloran - novella Review by Ross Breslin

As an author and editor I consider myself just about well-read enough as one would have to be in those dual positions and not much more. It’s a source of personal concern, an insecurity I assuage by assuring myself that, while I may not be all that well-read, what I have read, I have read well. It gets me through the day.

Now that that disclaimer is out of the way, I can honestly say that Michael Mc Aloran—the mesmerizing, disturbing and eviscerating style of his signature “disembodied voice” perspective—is unlike any other poet or writer I’ve ever read. And it is both poetry and prose (and perhaps, even, it’s neither). As I said, it’s different. It’s hypnotic, unsettling—somehow viciously-grotesque and lyrical at the same time. If they happen to sing lullabies in Hell, if demons and devils have babies who seek comfort in the retelling of the horrors endured by the humans above, these are the words they might sing...

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New Pope North Donegal Video Launch by Robert Mulhern

To “sonder” is to walk past a stranger in the street, catch a glimpse of the emotion in their eyes and realize that they probably have similar difficulties in their lives, similar dreams, hopes and goals. In our humanity we are bound by two things: our basic nature and the ashes of which we will become. This song is so personal that it feels like upon listening that you are being invited into the psyche of “New Pope” for the most detailed, personal “Sonder” you could possibly imagine.


The trustworthy repetitive folk guitars and very tamed percussion come very much in peace...

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