Not ready for an account of our demise

How Ireland Went Bust by Matt Cooper. Penguin Ireland, €16.

13th November, 2011
Brian Cowen pictured in 2008: the Fianna Fáil leader was torn between duty to country and loyalty to party. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Last week, New York Times cartoonist Christoph Niemann crossed a new frontier in procedural journalism when he live-tweeted a series of drawings depicting his progress in the New York City marathon - as he ran it. This exercise in live-drawing was amusing and perhaps insightful for anyone who followed in real time, but the overall effect becomes banal in retrospect.

"Oh, I see how you got tired there after running up a hill." A good...

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