Rosie (dir. Paddy Breathnach, 2018)

Irish films can often feel constrained or obsessed by their own context. The need to distinguish Ireland from other English-speaking countries, and the desire to assert our own distinctive way of speaking and acting, can put a grey cloud over a narrative, pushing more interesting…


Despite working in a cinema for over four years, I would never have called myself a film buff. Sure, I always enjoyed movies, but my actual knowledge of great cinema was quite limited. 2020 marked a big improvement on that. Over the course of the year, I watched over one…


I passed the early months of 2020 lockdown reading at a considerable rate, though this dropped off somewhat after the initial relaxation of restrictions. Overall, last year I read around forty-five books — for those who read little, this is an unimaginable figure, and for those who are true bookworms…


Note: Mild spoilers are contained below, though this is not exactly a plot-driven novel

As an occasional, unpaid book reviewer, it is difficult to decide what to write about. My opinions are not of interest to many, if anyone, and of the books I have read recently, there are few…


“Politics mean nothing to me. I don’t like people who are indifferent to the truth.”

— Boris Pasternak, “Doctor Zhivago”

DISCLAIMER: This is targeted at Irish readers. If you don’t understand the references to specific institutions, please google them, or read something else.

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I didn’t sit in a classroom…


It may surprise you to hear this, but historians love fads. You may have thought that the guardians of knowledge about the past would be above such frivolities, but historians, just like most academics, are very susceptible to the latest intellectual trends. Whether it be social history, the cultural turn…


We bemoaned the impersonality of the modern world, but that was a lie, it seemed to him; it had never been impersonal at all. …


The name Jürgen Habermas is familiar to anyone who took a college-level course on the French Revolution, or who read a little academic literature on media studies. Habermas is a German thinker, whose work includes a broad body of material on philosophy with which I shall not pretend to be…


Yuletide brings the advent of lists. Every conceivable aspect of the year is organised into a list and published online, to be read by bored people who are passing time between drinks. In my experience, the most remarkable feature of these lists is that they vanish from my mind the…


At the age of 16 I decided that, one day, I would write a novel.

I came to this while writing long fanfiction stories, which were of novel-length, albeit not of novel-quality. I would link them here but there is no point in ruining my reputation before I even begin…

Calvin Duffy

English, history, and other things. My first novel THE LAST WORLD is available on Amazon.

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