Archive for the 'religion' Category

Oppression: A Response to Rory O’Neill’s Abbey Theatre Speech

I am moved to write this post after watching Rory O’Neill’s speech in the Abbey Theatre. O’Neill’s speech follows on from comments he made about homophobia on the Saturday Night Show which prompted RTE to pay out €85,000 to the Iona Institute Catholic lobbying group. O’Neill’s description of oppression in Ireland is familiar to many of […]

Contraception, Abortion, and Invisible Fences: A Brief Look at Church and State in the U.S. and Ireland

Introduction Amid the public outrage over the death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway, Ireland are the shocked and seething whispers about the alleged reason given to the woman and her husband regarding the denial of her request for an abortion: “This is a Catholic country.” This phrase quite simply implies that Ireland lives under a […]

“Thank You For the Light”: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Unpublished Work, Popularity and Scholarship

The New Yorker recently featured a previously unpublished short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald called “Thank You For the Light.” The piece is short (c.1000 words) and closely resembles flash fiction. In style, it is simple, unadorned and witty. Mrs. Hanson, the protagonist, is a travelling saleswoman who spends her day desperately trying to find a place […]

Merry Kwanzaa or Bah Humbug???

For many the 26th of December is St. Stephen’s Day, Boxing Day, or a day to recover from the gluttony of Christmas dinner. For others it is Kwanzaa. This festive celebration, which means “first fruit” in Swahili, is a seven-day holiday running from the 26th December to 1st January. It was invented in 1966 by […]

I LOVE LUPE!

This is the trailer of a 46-minute documentary video by Alma López featuring a roundtable conversation with Chicana artists Ester Hernández and Yolanda M. López. <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/aYZ8UdNdEbs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> All three discuss their controversial depictions of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This documentary is a visual chapter in an edited collection titled Our Lady […]