12 October 2010
The Guests

My guests tonight are arts journalists Mick Heaney and Sinead Gleeson and sociology lecturer Mary Corcoran.

The Film: The Social Network

Directed by David Fincher, The Social Network stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg - the Harvard Undergrad who founded Facebook. Zuckerberg is, to put it mildly, a little charmless, and in lieu of the inevitable lack of girlfriend action, he spends his time blogging his many frustrations into cyberspace until one drunken night he stumbles upon an idea which will change both his bank balance and the world.

The Book: The Stray Sod Country

The Stray Sod Country is the latest novel from Patrick McCabe - more tales of ordinary folk - this time in the mercifully fictional hub of Cullymore. Set in 1958, the story is told by an extremely sinister narrator who keeps a very sharp eye of McCabe's rather operatic cast of characters, priests, butchers, barbers and an ex-Classics and English teacher who lives in a hovel with a pet fox.

The Play: In the Pipeline

Now on at Bewley's Café Theatre, In the Pipeline is a new lunchtime play by award-winning Welsh playwright Gary Owen. In a story with obvious resonances for an Irish audience, this is a three-hander about the impact of a liquid gas pipeline on the port town of Milford Haven.

The Exhibition: Post-War American Art: the Novak/O'Doherty Collection

Now on at IMMA, Post-War American Art brings together works by heavy hitters like Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg - some 76 paintings in all, plus sculptures, watercolours, drawings, photographs and limited edition prints gifted to the museum by art historian Barbara Novak and artist Brian O'Doherty/Patrick Ireland.

The Performance: Isa Wiss & the Greg Felton Trio

Swiss vocalist Isa Wiss has teamed up with the Greg Felton Trio for a Music Network tour, taking in Newbridge, Thurles, Bray, Limerick and Cork, this week and next. Here they perform a Greg Felton composition, McPhellimey's Discourse.

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