• Writing

    the magic bookshop strikes again

    A new story has started writing itself in my mind. At the moment I have the opening couple of lines, with the sense of the first paragraph. I have a few hints as to what it’s all about, but it’s not ready to be written. First I have to do some research. I’ve already read a book today called The New Mind by Dr. Richard Restak–it has a subtitle to its subtitle: How the modern age is rewiring your mind: research from the frontiers of brain science. It’s written so a non-scientist like myself can easily understand the concepts, and there is plenty of fodder in that book for more…

  • Galway

    books: an expensive and cluttering vice

    It’s dangerous to walk into Charlie Byrne‘s, the second-hand bookshop in Galway; though it’s quickly followed by the joy of rambling through the many floors of Kennys. Charlie Byrne’s is one of the best second-hand bookshops in Ireland–in my biased opinion–having trawled through a fair number of them in my day. Today I came away clutching fives tomes, and grinning from ear-to-ear. Three of them are academic film books that should prove useful next year, one is a book of Scandinavian folk-tales, and the final text is the perfect source material for one of the stories I’m hacking currently. The timing is so dead-on it’s suspicious. It’s a case of…