Location: Los Angeles
Web Page: http://fionnchu.blogspot.com
In My Own Words:
Eclectic music, reading, ideas-- often Celtic &/or medievally oriented. Tá Gaeilge a chuid feín dom faoi láthair, ach nílim líofacht agamsa fós! Dw i'n dysgu Cymraeg tipyn nefa'.
In the US, going on 1800 reviews place me in the Top 500. See the "About Me" and "Favorite Items" sections for intimate & illuminating details. I have Facebook presence-- and a blog that you can link to from here.
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american literature buddha buddhism buddhist catholicism celtic counterculture dalai lama dublin india indie rock ireland irish irish fiction irish history irish literature james joyce literary criticism medieval meditation neo-psychedelia philosophy religion sexuality spirituality tibet travel wales welsh zen
Joyce's 'Ulysses'; Beckett's 'trilogy'; Genesis (JPS/Sarna commentary); 'Black List Section H' (Francis Stuart); 'Nine Roads to Jordan' (Denis Johnston); Tim Robinson's Aran volumes; J.F. Powers; John McGahern; Tolkien's LOTR; Borges; Colin Thubron's 'To a Mountain in Tibet'; Liam O Flaherty; Ernie O'Malley's 'On Another Man's Wound'; Primo Levi's memoirs; Flann O'Brien; Flannery O'Connor; Alexander Theroux; Alisdair Gray's 'Lanark'; John Dos Passos' USA trilogy; Shulamith Hareven's 'Thirst' trilogy. Henry Glassie's 'Passing the Time in Ballymenone' exemplifies passion wedded to scholarship. Not to forget Michel Faber's ambitious fiction, or Michel Houellebecq's infuriatingly thoughtful, misanthropic pisstakes-as-prose. Plus requisite desert island editions: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Sterne, Swift, Qur'an, Torah, Decameron, Dante (U of Cal edition with Moser's illustrations & Mendelson's translation); the Welsh Mabinogi; Field Day & David Pierce's anthologies of Irish literature; Old English poems (Crossley-Holland's Oxford collection in a pinch for you non-medievalists!); Book of Job/Psalms (Stephen Mitchell's translations). Recent reads I liked: Niall Griffiths' Liverpudlian-Cambrian clashes & cock-ups; James Blish's novel about Roger Bacon, 'Doctor Mirabilis'; Céline's 'Journey to the End of Night' & 'Death on the Installment Plan'; Jáchym Topol's surreal Czech epic 'City Sister Silver'; Alan Moore's debut novel 'A Voice in the Fire'; Tim Mackintosh-Smith's Muslim travelogues; John Wehrheim's Bhutan + Kaua'i photo-narratives; Bruce Seymour's 'Lola Montez: A Life'; Vladimir Nabokov's 'Bend Sinister' and as read by Jeremy Irons, 'Lolita'; John Calder's 'The Philosophy of Samuel Beckett'; Hugo Hamilton's fiction & memoirs; Ken Bruen's Galway noir; George Saunders' stories; Seán Ó Riordáin's Gaelic & Ciaran Carson's Belfast poems.