In January I spent a great, big chunk of my waking hours in the new NUI Maynooth library, studying for exams, writing sermons and trying to get my ideas for a PhD together into a proposal that wouldn’t read like the insane ramblings of a deluded serial killer who intends to murder three victims called “CaPiTaLiSm” “MaRkEtS” and “GlObAl1zAt1On”.
Here’s a picture of that new library, taken by my friend Eoin O’Mahony, with his mobile phone, as he casually walked by looking like the late-blossoming hipster that he is (I assume that is how it happened). It is especially accurate because the weather has been that dismally depressing all freaking month:
I thought this year that I might copy Jason Goroncy and write a summation of all the lovely things I had time to read and watch and hear over the past month. So here goes:
Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers.
In the Poorer Quarters by Aidan Mathews.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters.
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers.
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl.
Ruby Sparks – 4 stars
Groundhog Day – 5 stars
The Imposter – 5 stars
Jack Reacher – 3 stars
The Sound of My Voice – 4 stars
The Pact – 3 stars
The Life of Pi – 3 stars
Chinatown – 3 stars
The Jerk – 3 stars
The Girl Who Played With Fire – 3 stars
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – 3 stars
Django Unchained – 1 star
Zero Dark Thirty – 4 stars