Book Review: “Asking For It”

Aisling O’Donovan reviews Louise O’Neill’s bestselling novel. Spoilers ahead. “They are all innocent until proven guilty. But not me. I am a liar until I am proven honest.” These harrowing words strike a cord with every reader of Louise O’Neill’s hugely successful and striking novel, ‘Asking For It.’ It is these few sentences which perfectly summarize the preface, to the point where they hold the … Continue reading Book Review: “Asking For It”

The Other Ukraine

Seamus Allen on what you don’t know about the Ukraine Crisis. A Crisis Continued Amidst the building pressure for sanctions against Russia within the last two weeks it is important to remember not only that the crisis in Ukraine has not gone away, but to remember how it actually started in the first place. While Donald Trump blocked an escalation of sanctions a week ago, … Continue reading The Other Ukraine

In Life As In Death

By Leanne O’Connor Desmond The stairs creaked loudly, announcing Sylvia’s descent to the basement. Her bruised white skin shone brightly under the low hanging lanterns. William was waiting for her, as he always did. She appeared like a vision of an angel, her dark hair contrasting wildly against her unique pallor. William stood as she approached. He tipped his hat politely at her. Sylvia’s wide … Continue reading In Life As In Death

Not so Marvellous

Cormac Dineen isn’t holding out for a hero In my opinion, literary expressions are very rarely subject to direct physical manifestations. What I mean by this is that it is next to impossible for words or phrases both written and spoken to be reflected with complete accuracy in something that touches upon the human senses. For this reason, the expression “meaningless drivel” holds some special … Continue reading Not so Marvellous

What Makes a Magritte?

Kieran Enright discusses the French surrealist’s most famous works. I took a class in my second year of college entitled “Cultural Studies: Modern French Culture”, unbeknownst to its content. I expected a regimen of study centered around everyday French life: such things as political influence or social behavior came to mind. However, to my surprise, the module followed the lives of several influential artists throughout … Continue reading What Makes a Magritte?

Breaking In

The prison industrial complex has been shaping criminal justice for decades, writes Lauren Mulvihill – but what are the implications? It’s unusual to hear of anyone trying to break in to prison, and yet something to this effect has been happening since the 1980s. The past few decades have seen a massive increase in the number of prisons being passed from states to private contractors. … Continue reading Breaking In

Rococo Renaissance

By Lara Quinn The recent Dolce and Gabbana runway story, christened ‘Fashion Devotion’, forged new life for the fashion world this season. The looks fused contemporary crazes with artistic ideals of the Baroque era in a matrimony that can only be regarded as something of a Rococo Renaissance.  Echoing the genesis of the 15th century renaissance, the dynamic duo behind the brand delivered a runway … Continue reading Rococo Renaissance