Jonathan O’Brien

Jonathan O’Brien

Blood-soaked history of ‘a hell of a drug’

Blood-soaked history of ‘a hell of a drug’

Non-FICTION: Zero Zero Zero. By Roberto Saviano. Translated by Virginia Jewiss. Allen Lane, €20.

Pubs, pints and a fog of nostalgia

Pubs, pints and a fog of nostalgia

Reviewed this week: The Irish Pub, RTE One. True Detective, Sky Atlantic. Ray Donovan, Sky Atlantic.

False highs and flat endings let down Italian novellas

False highs and flat endings let down Italian novellas

Cocaine

Albums

Albums

Electronic: Róisín Murphy, Hairless Toys (Play It Again Sam)

An uneven trundle down a musical memory lane

An uneven trundle down a musical memory lane

Music: Original Rockers. By Richard King. Faber & Faber, €25.25.

Italians and the art of illusion

Italians and the art of illusion

The Italians. By John Hooper. Allen Lane, €25. Reviewed by Jonathan O’Brien.

Albums

Albums

Seasick Steve: Sonic Soul Surfer (Caroline)

Selling satire by the sound

Selling satire by the sound

Reviewed this week: The Pat Kenny Show Newstalk 106-108

Young tech titans may be bright, but don’t set the pages alight

Young tech titans may be bright, but don’t set the pages alight

You Only Have To Be Right Once. By Randall Lane and the staff of Forbes. Portfolio Penguin, €25. Reviewed by Jonathan O’Brien.

Long lens of the law

Long lens of the law

Last week, Eamonn Farrell, who owns the photographic agency Photocall Ireland, wrote a lengthy post on the website Broadsheet.ie. In it, he expressed considerable alarm at the fact that the Garda Síochána had recently forced Photocall to hand over ph

A small-town mentality

A small-town mentality

Reviewed this week Drama On One: Bombshell RTE Radio 1

Lively look at the lords of the music industry

Lively look at the lords of the music industry

Cowboys And Indies

More pressing matters

More pressing matters

Reviewed this week

Notes on a scandal

Notes on a scandal

News At One RTÉ Radio One Michael Lowry’s surreal interview with Áine Lawlor on the News At ...

Radio: When Marian met Marian

Radio: When Marian met Marian

Reviewed this week: The Marian Finucane Show RTE Radio 1