Existentialism, Literature, Quietude, Truth

Great Irish Writers with Polish Names

GIWWPN found Celtic Consciousness in likely places. Turn on, plug in, pass out, and see how it’s clovers all the way down. In 2017, GIWWPN considered Mount Silenus: A Vertical Odyssey of Extraordinary Peril as one of two finalists. In 2018 they awarded the coveted Genius Fellowship Grant to Petronius Jablonski “not for previous art but as an investment in his future.”

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GIWWPN salutes Jim Morrison for his most underrated song: Land Ho! Hear him discuss his proud Irish heritage.  Humor is the key to our survival. And dancing.

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GIWWPN acknowledges the greatest playwright since Shakespeare. To the Irish, Long Day’s Journey into Night is a comedy about a functional family. (Seeking info about the production with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Any bootlegs?)

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GIWWPN celebrates the greatest novel ever writ, Tristram Shandy, Joyce’s ladder, Schopenhauer‘s favorite: “A novel will be of a high and noble order, the more it represents of inner, and the less it represents of outer, life; and the ratio between the two will supply a means of judging any novel, of whatever kind, from Tristram Shandy down to the crudest and most sensational tale of knight or robber. Tristram Shandy has, indeed, as good as no action at all; and there is not much in La Nouvelle Heloïse and Wilhelm Meister. Even Don Quixote has relatively little; and what there is, very unimportant, and introduced merely for the sake of fun. And these four are the best of all existing novels.”

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GIWWPN trips on experimental fiction because we Irish invented it. Visit the Post-modern afterlife in  The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien.

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GIWWPN places Maeve Brennan in the same pantheon as Chekhov. Why haven’t you read her?

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GIWWPN finds prophetic descriptions of modern Academia in Gulliver’s Travels: Cucumber Studies.

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GIWWPN reveres a visionary. He was deeper than we’ve been led to suppose.

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GIWWPN embraces the realism of Yeats: “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”

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“The History of Ireland in two words: Ah well.” – Niall Williams  (See these for details.)

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