@Ireland Reading List

So, nerd that I am, I couldn’t curate the @Ireland account without taking some kind of minutes… So here’s a list with links to all the articles, videos etc that I posted over the last week – including some of the amazing stuff you guys sent in during discussions about poetry & mental health. Hopefully if you’re bored or in need of some great writing/random inspiration/some quality procrastination material, you can dip in & enjoy.

Thanks for an amazing week.





Like an Iron Bell, Cheryl Strayed

My Mom, Mary H K Choi

Love Love Love, Lizzy Acker


The Price of Admission, Dan Savage

The Man with the Beautiful Eyes, Charles Bukowski


He’s Just Not That Into You, Dustin Rowles


James Blake, ‘A Case Of You’

George Jones, ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’

A-Ha, ‘Manhattan Skyline’

Bobby Goldsboro, ‘Honey’

Rush, ‘Ghost of a Chance’


From Moonstruck

Spoken Word: 

40 Love Letters, Jeanann Verlee

Maybe I Need You, Andrea Gibson

If I Should Have a Daughter, Sarah Kay

Central Park Mothers Day, Rachel McKibbens


Black Ice and Rain, Michael Donaghy

This Be the Verse, Philip Larkin

To His Mistress Going to Bed, John Donne

The Sun Rising, John Donne

Having a Coke With You, Frank O’Hara

Gan Do Chuid Éadaigh, Nuala Ní Dhomhnail

Valentine, John Fuller

First Meeting, ASJ Tessimond

The Underground, Seamus Heaney

Never Give All the Heart, W.B Yeats

The Shower, Bukowski

Decade, Amy Lowell

The Poplar and the Passer-By, Vasko Popa

Hesitate to Call, Louise Gluck

Funeral Blues, W.H. Auden

Valentine, John Fuller

Because I Liked You, A.E. Housman

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in], e.e.cummings



Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed


‘You Are Not Special’ Commencement Speech

The Power of Vulnerability, Brene Brown. Ted Talk.

The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer. Ted Talk.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go, Burning Man


Essays & Interviews:

Write Like a Motherfucker, Cheryl Strayed

Male Authors Asked Questions Usually Reserved for Female Writers, Lela Gwenn

Why Genre Matters: Writers Talk about Truth in Memoir, Poetry & Fiction


By Heart: Writers Share their Favourite Books, Lines & Passages


English Pronunication, G. Nolst Trenité


Essays & Interviews:

Talking to a Teenager About Suicide, David Petrie

What We Hunger For, Roxane Gay

If You Ever Did Write Anything About Me, I’d Want It to be About Love, Conner Habib

Burning the Myths: Letter to an Angry Young Woman, Roe McDermott

The Obliterated Place, Cheryl Strayed

I Can Handle It, Autumn Whitefield-Mandrano

My Depression is a Liar, Aurora La Petite

Affliction of Addiction, Katherine O’Meara

Eve Ensler on The Body Under Threat


It Gets Better, Pixar



The Six Ways We Talk About A Girl’s Age, Soraya Chemaly

Careless Language of Sexual Violence, Roxane Gay

Schrodinger’s Rapist, Kate Harding

‘Study Reveals Female Rape Victims Enjoyed the Experience’ : On Study Manipulation & Academic Fraud, A Voice for Men


Project: Unbreakable


Rape Joke, Patricia Lockwood


Essays & Articles:

Flick Chicks, Mindy Kaling

Transformation and Transcendence: The Power of Female Friendship, Emily Rapp

How One Badass Woman Took on the Comic Industry’s Sexism and Won, Katie Halper

I Hate Strong Female Characters, Sophia McDougall 


Still Figuring It Out, Tavi Gevinson. TED Talk.


Strong Female Protagonist, Brennan Lee Mulligan & Molly Ostertag



Aspirational Fanfiction About Clothing I Can Not Afford: Part 2, Sarah Maria Griffin

Dear Fashion Industry: The World’s Cultures Are Not Yours to Plunder, Michelle Dean


Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model, Cameron Russell. TED Talk


Essays & Interviews:

Ten Things You Can Do For Your Sexual Self At Any Age

Feminist Porn

Fat Girl: Body Positive Pornography

Women: How Do You Masturbate?

Why Masturbation Is For Women Too And Not Just Men

What’s Wrong With 50 Shades of Grey

Penis Gagging, BDSM & Rape Fantasy: The Truth About Kinky Sexting, Rachel Kramer Bussell

Rape Fantasies V. Rape Realities, Roe McDermott

It’s Not Slut Shaming, it’s Women-Hating, Meghan Murphy


Hysterical Literature

Porn Sex V. Real Sex – with Food!

Ask & Tell. On Shame & Sex, Alyssa Royse

Mae Martin on Lesbians & Vegetables



Seamus Heaney & Death of the Natural, David Biespel

The Last City I Loved: Dublin, Sarah Maria Griffin


Tara Stacey ‘Johnathan McLoughlin’s Electric Picnic Scam’

Eoghan McDermott ‘Ireland. A Snapshot’

Photo Essay:

Love of the Irish, Conor Horgan


Film Stuff:

Meagan Hyland’s Movie Alphabet

Trailer to Every Oscar-Winning Movie Ever, Cracked

TV Stuff:

OITNB star Laverne Cox & M. Lamar Discuss Identity, Collective Trauma, Celebrating The Black Penis And More

Book Stuff:

Best Literary Spots on the Web

50 Sublime Coffee Table Books for the True Sophisticate

Posters Inspired by the Books of Roald Dahl

US Vs UK Book Covers

Required Reading for Your Quarter Life Crisis

Book Porn

Designing the Cover for Lolita, Rachel Arons

Jhumpa Lahiri By the Book, NYTimes Interview

Art Stuff:

Richard Mosse photography

The Paris Time Capsule Apartment

Miya Ando’s Flotilla of 1,000 Bioluminescent Leaves

Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’ as an Adorable Children’s Book

Rural Light and Book Installations by Rune Guneriussen

Comedy Stuff:

Immaturity for Charity shorts

Azi Dungey’s Ask a Slave webseries

Music Stuff:

Blue Spark Part 1: On friendship, memory & Elliott Smith, Nelly Reifler


Essays and Articles:

Dehli Rape & How the Other Half Lives, Guardian

Why Dehli Verdict Won’t End India’s Rape Epidemic, Bloomberg.com

 9 Questions about Syria You Were Too Afraid to Ask, Washington Post

Hawks, Doves, Fence Sitters: For & Against Striking Syria, Slate

What Remains, Guernica

Syria’s Castaways, Guernica

One Journalist’s Account of their Experience in Syria, Salon

And another’s, Janine Di Giovanni

Five Things You Need to Know to Bring You Up to Speed on Syria, Daily Beast

Your Labour Day Syria Reader Part 2, The Atlantic

Putin’s Letter to America about Syria, NYTimes

What Putin Understands What Most Americans Don’t, The Atlantic

Syria’s First Chemical Attack (1,700 years ago), Smithsonian

A New Poetry is Emerging in Syria, Aljazeera

Homeland, 9/11 and the Female Fabulists, Micah Perks

Crazy Town: On Somalia and Mental Illness, Foreign Policy


Adopted then Abandoned, Reuters

Jon Stewart’s First Daily Show After 9/11

What the Media Isn’t Telling You About Syria, Ben Swann

Charlie Rose interviews Bashar Assad


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