Niall O'Sullivan

high brow, low brow, none of that stuff in the middle

New Article from Vice about Spoken Word

(originally posted on my tumblr ) I’ve always thought that the number one rule of poetry criticism is to not judge a poet by their commissions. This article from Vice starts off by throwing a critical light on a recent spate of Nationwide Building Society Ad commissions. It ends by being critical of poets advertising […]

Trumpigram, the poetic form for the post-truth era

I recently watched this video from The Nerdwriter on YouTube about the tweets of Donald Trump. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time if you haven’t already watched it. Part of its conclusions can be condensed to this: tweets from Donald Trump’s account that share links are probably composed by his staff. Tweets […]

On poets that read poems in their profile pictures

My social media bubble is mainly populated by images of people speaking into microphones. Some of them exhibit very awkward postures. Sometimes their hand is blurred in the middle of some involuntary gesture. Sometimes you can almost make out the slight tremor registering on a sheet of paper clasped tightly. By contrast, a social media […]

Paterson, the examined life and the impotence of greatness

In the interest of disclosure, I recently hosted a Slam tied to a screening of Paterson at the Curzon Soho. While this is mentioned in the article below, I want to state clearly that if I hadn’t enjoyed the film I wouldn’t have written about it. I’ve been thinking about the new Jim Jarmusch film […]

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