Hardcore for Nerds

"Why sneer at the intellectuals?"*
punk music, left politics, and cultural history - previously found here.
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Dublin/Galway, Ireland. 27, history graduate & human rights student
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*from the title of a review of Arthur Koestler's Arrival and Departure by Michael Foot, Evening Standard, Nov. 26, 1943.
Mar 17
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In this sense, individual works of art seldom promote the country in any literal way. The effect they may have is broad and indirect. Is a Marina Carr play with dark convolutions of incest, madness and violence likely to make the chief executive of an American corporation think, Hey, that Ireland looks a great place to invest in! Do films as bleak as Lenny Abrahamson’s Adam and Paul and Garage present the required image of a dynamic, high-tech, well-educated, globalised workforce? Of course not. What happens instead is that a cumulative exposure to a range of works and performances gets across the idea of Ireland as a place that’s interesting, distinctive and imaginative. That in turn may seep out into a larger and deeper awareness of the country as something more than an egregious economic screw-up.
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