Posts Tagged ‘Interview’

Mother, Life, Landscape, and the Connection

In February of this year, globally-renowned Irish author Edna O’Brien was named as the winner of the PEN/Nabokov award for achievement in international literature. Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate this seminally feminist voice in modern Irish culture, and look back on Patricia Harty’s 2007 interview with O’Brien, where they talked writing, family, andRead more..

George Carlin is Still Tossing Out the Good Stuff

Once the quintessential seventies hippie comedian, George Carlin continues to evolve and grow. In an intimate interview with T.J. ENGLISH he shares stories of his upbringing, his Irish ancestors and his view of the world. In the history of American stand-up comedy, there has never been anyone like George Carlin. Controversial, iconoclastic, irreverent, obscene –Read more..

From Doubt to Defiance

“The guy who makes coffee for me I every morning in my local coffee shop in Brooklyn congratulated me when I won the Pulitzer,” recounts John Patrick Shanley with a big grin. “Then, when I won the Tony, the guy says, `This cuppa coffee’s on me.’” Shanley, the Irish-American playwright and screenwriter, lets out aRead more..

A Winning Pedigree:
Tom Brady

Tom Brady is more than an athlete, he is an American icon. Through the support of his loving family and his own will and determination, Brady won an unprecedented three Super Bowls before the age of 30. More importantly, he’s done it with a touch of class. ℘℘℘   It is a nondescript fall morningRead more..

Probing the Past

Peter Quinn wanted to do something simple. It was 1994 and Quinn had just published Banished Children of Eve, his epic novel of New York City and the Irish famine. Up until then, there had been a monumental gap in American literature. The Irish had been in New York City going back to the daysRead more..

Touch of the Poet

Many homes treasure family photos. The award-winning Irish actress Dearbhla Molloy recalls, “I remember, in my grandparents’ house, a glass cabinet with a pair of handcuffs. “My grandfather Michael Ryan was a `freedom fighter’ involved in the 1916 rebellion and the civil war. He went to prison several times during part of my mother’s childhood.”Read more..

The Manly Mr. Crowe

Russell Crowe is clad in a black jersey with a shamrock and bulldog embroidered on the left breast, and the name Jim Braddock, Crowe’s character in Cinderella Man, emblazoned on the right (“Something I designed for the crew,” he says briskly). His face is roughly shaven, and his short bicycle shorts show off the scopeRead more..

The Survivor

On the corner of 34th and Broadway the crowds of tourists and harried workers tried to look the other way. But it was hard to ignore the tall tanned handsome man in the crisp white shirt with the gray hair — even in New York, where every day a million handsome men pass along theRead more..

Gavin’s Flower Power

“I’ve got to go. Diarmuid’s show is coming on.” My otherwise devoted mother has cut short more than one transatlantic phone call with those words. If you haven’t yet encountered Diarmuid (pronounced Dermot) Gavin’s friendly face under its mop of curling hair, trust me, it’s only a matter of time before you do. In England,Read more..

The Hold Steady

A whole world resides inside a Hold Steady CD, one in which Catholic girls tap a drug haze for a sense of spirituality, where small-town-Minnesota kids struggle for cool nicknames, and where a pimp named Charlemagne strolls the street in sweat-pants. Often, Hold Steady characters created in one track will resurface on another track. TheRead more..