A Quick Guide to Sligo, Ireland

I haven’t been in Sligo long, but I waste no time in getting to know a new city.  (At two in the morning after my first night in town, I took a wrong turn walking home and found myself a mile up the road to Ben Bulben, next to an unlit Esso gas station andContinue reading “A Quick Guide to Sligo, Ireland”

Yeats Society Summer School, Two Days In

I’ve been in Ireland almost five days now, and I’ve barely had time to answer my emails.  I spent the first two days in Carrowduff, County Clare, visiting what’s left of the old Ryan farm, and a day in and around Limerick and Ennis – but more on that later.  For now I’ll skip toContinue reading “Yeats Society Summer School, Two Days In”

Aftermath, and Memories of Dachau

Buffalo’s North Park Theatre ran one of the more challenging films in recent memory last week, Aftermath (Pokłosie) released in Poland in 2012 and starring Ireneusz Czop and Maciej Stuhr. The movie is down: and despite the otherwise brilliant theatre’s unfortunate habit of running its best films for only one week – eliminating the possibility of any realContinue reading “Aftermath, and Memories of Dachau”

Today’s Brew: “La Fin du Monde,” an Ale for the End of the World

A few nights ago in Buffalo, N.Y., thunder cracked and rolled more sudden and booming than anything I’d heard since the days when I was very young, and I’d sit on my porch for every one of these summer storms, wondering (and thrilling) at the chance that by my proximity to the metal railings on allContinue reading “Today’s Brew: “La Fin du Monde,” an Ale for the End of the World”

My Independence Day Blues

I can’t remember the last time I was perfectly happy on the Fourth of July – it was probably back in the days when I would reach for the Sunday paper and open straight to the comics. I’m not that much of a curmudgeon.  It’s not some fear of lights and loud noises.  It’s not that IContinue reading “My Independence Day Blues”