Paul Simon, 51 years, 8 months and 22 days later…

There's nothing quite like seeing and hearing a singer you first heard half a century ago and finding out that, yes, he was pretty great then and maybe he's greater now. So it was for me attending, with my wife Patricia, Paul Simon's “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour 2018” in Dublin at the RDS…Read more Paul Simon, 51 years, 8 months and 22 days later…

Joyce’s “The Dead” Lives On…

  DUBLIN - One of my most daunting challenges of recent years has been preparing an introduction to James Joyce's famous short story "The Dead" for a 30-strong Irish Joyce reading group that meets at Tom Fitzgerald's pub in Glasthule of a Wednesday morning. This is the last of the 15 stories in Joyce's short-story…Read more Joyce’s “The Dead” Lives On…

Shane MacGowan’s Best Dub B’day Bash Ever

There were so many incredible moments during the three-hour-long 60th birthday tribute to Pogues songster Shane MacGowan in Dublin on Monday night that it's hard to pick the highlights, but here's a try:  Sinead O'Connor walking onstage unannounced to kick off part two with a searing version of "You're the One" Lisa O'Neill and Glen…Read more Shane MacGowan’s Best Dub B’day Bash Ever

En Route: The Poignant, Angry Poems of “Ellis Island West”

The poems embedded in the walls by former detainees at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay are covered by paint and often tricky to spot for first-time visitors. But once you've seen the verses etched into the redwood in classic Chinese characters, and find out what they mean, they leave an indelible,…Read more En Route: The Poignant, Angry Poems of “Ellis Island West”