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From the Editor-in-Chief:
Dan Schneider writes: "That Frank O'Connor is described as a realist in his work is very interesting--wrong, but interesting. This is because it says something about the tendency of modern readers to conflate banality with realism, even if the banality is clearly not realistic and exaggerated to the point of accidental stereotype, or intended caricature." My God! Collected Stories
by Frank O'Connor
, Death, Not a Redeemer
by Hope Eghagha
and The Collected Stories
by William Trevor
are highly rated books. But you think they are sacrosanct? They are not. You think they are infallible? You are wrong. In our daring and venomous Book Reviews
these masters are not spared our critical (surgical?) blade. It is audacious and, of course, authoritative.
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The Big Conversation
with Jacinta McDevitt
, an important and commanding female voice in contemporary Irish
literature. Jacinta's award winning short story, Way to Go, Dad
is also republished here with her kind permission. There are other well-crafted fiction like Beth
by G. K. Wuori
by Colin O'Sullivan
by Louis Malloy
The Coming Man
by SeŠn Gallagher
The Sentencing of Madrigal Orpic
by Tom Sheehan
. There are also Eli S. Evans'
Life Is Amazing I Hate You
And quality poetry by Todd Swift
and Remi Raji
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Best of Dublin Quarterly 2005: Editor's Choice. Here in the Dublin Quarterly we take pride in publishing
the very best of fiction, essays, poetry and book reviews. So it was real tough getting around
this, picking my very best of our best in 2005. But...here we go. Best fiction: Simon Maslin's
Joseph's Pyramid for its head-on confrontation of man's existential
ennui. Best Poetry: Moez Surani's Alley Dolle for its
movement and music. And Best Essay: Eli S. Evans'
Life Is Amazing I Hate You for its mordant wit...
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Aha, it is Christmas season, remember? So I'll sign out with this:
To others, Christmas is a season for celebration,
But to the Dublin Quarterly
, itís for appreciation:
To the good Lord for His grace and mercy;
And to you, for your patronage and loyalty.
Not in order of importance, this is our season prayer:
-May sickness and death see you and Passover.
-May you function without a struggle.
-May you not ask, but receive a bountiful.
-And may your ink
never run dry or congeal.
Happy Christmas & a Prosperous New Year!
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