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The Sheila Variations

"This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am." -- James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Published: 2010-06-27T18:43:59-05:00


Some changes round these here parts


I am finally leaving Movable Type and going over to Word Press. I have multiple problems with Movable Type and much of it may have to do with my own lack of technological ability. That's fine. I need to have...

In the back of the tattoo parlor ...


... on St. Mark's Place....

Happy birthday, Alice McDermott


From an interview with novelist Alice McDermott: It’s been said that, to some extent, every novelist writes the same book over and over. Many reviewers have noted how much your novels share: middle-class Irish Catholic characters, and that Long Island...

"Listen now, you corpses ..." Filming A Bridge Too Far


William Goldman, screenwriter, recounts in his book Adventures in the Screen Trade a funny crazy story of the filming of a crucial scene in Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far. They had permission to film on Nijmegen Bridge in...

She asks, "What else do you do, besides shoot?"


He replies, "It's been enough so far."...

Link roundup


Link "roundups" are so 2003, but here are some things I've read in the last week that I love. Of the Father of my Children and the Orphans We Carry. This is one of the finest pieces of writing I've...

On staged readings


Max Sparber has a great post with advice for playwrights when having staged readings of their work. Last year, I had two readings of the script I've written, one relatively informal, and one formal, and his words really ring true....

"I was always a cartoonist in my mind. But then something happened." An interview with director Ben Barnes:


When I was in LA, I went to a screening of God Damn King Kong, a short film directed by LA-based director Ben Barnes. It starred my brother Brendan O'Malley, who also wrote the script. It's a beautiful and absurd...

A Thousand Women Like Me (2000); Director: Reza Karimi


Reza Karimi, director of the Iranian film A Thousand Women Like Me, wrote: A Thousand Women Like Me was a personal assertion. Cinema is basically the product of experience, and A Thousand Women Like Me is the product of...

20 most surprising performances


Here are the 20 most surprising female performances I have chosen: Part 1 and Part 2. Don't worry, those of you who like symmetry: I'm working on the 20 most surprising male performances. It'll come next week....

First slide: Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley)


Friend Matt Zoller Seitz has a great slideshow up in Salon right now called "Great Dads in Pop Culture Not Named Atticus Finch". First slide of the bunch? Cousin Mike. Naturally. The man is everywhere right now. Matt writes: Burt...

"Talk About the Movie: A Bug's Life and Up"


In honor of the opening of Toy Story 3 (I haven't seen it yet, loved Glenn Kenny's thoughts about it, and am very much looking forward), here is a link to the piece I wrote for Pixar Week last year...

Bloomsday 2010


Therese and I arrived, books in hand, at the pub where the Bloomsday celebration was being held. Colum McCann was the emcee, and we both were a bit starstruck, although both of us have met him before, on separate...

Anthony Mann's New York


On my way down to the Bloomsday celebration I was attending with Therese (and it was one for the books, more later) I found myself wandering the streets of the Financial District, an area of town I rarely go to,...

Rejoyce. It's Bloomsday.


Notes in my copy of Ulysses On June 15, 1904, young James Joyce sent a note to Nora Barnacle, on June 15, 1904. She was a waitress at Finn's Hotel, a girl from Galway who had moved to Dublin....