On the Stoop – Helen Levitt retrospective in the Photographers Gallery

Helen Levitt (1913-2009) was a photographer of the New York streets, the city where she was born and lived all of her life. In recent years, Levitt’s work has undergone something of a rediscovery with major exhibitions in Paris, New York, and Arles. She is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Photographers Gallery … Continue reading On the Stoop – Helen Levitt retrospective in the Photographers Gallery

Sick days

People play tig with traffic to avoid me. Even that wrestler guy with the bulldog tattoos and Rottweiler gets out of my way. I never thought I’d be king of the pavement, but all it took for my coronation was a deadly pathogen and making a seamless transition from pleb to key worker while wearing … Continue reading Sick days

Between the flags

We get called into Leisureland out in Salthill for 9 AM. There are twelve tables spaced out across two basketball courts in the sports hall like we’re doing the leaving cert in some specialist school. I only just made the cut this year; eight years of lifeguard experience in Kerry counts for nothing once you … Continue reading Between the flags

McHeadwound

We cooked 100 burgers at a time then used a big metal blade to scrape all the fat and gristle into a trough that ran along the side of a grill called the grease trap. The real grease trap was my uniform. The hat was paper, but everything else was as plastic as the name … Continue reading McHeadwound

The Conversation and Gatekeeping: using experts to provide a veneer of authority.

For several years now the role of experts in society has been under fire. In 2016, Michael Gove said the people and the country had had enough of experts, he seemed to touch a nerve and reflect, if not the opinion of the majority, then certainly an element within the popular consciousness. So what if … Continue reading The Conversation and Gatekeeping: using experts to provide a veneer of authority.