Sunday, May 1, 2011
Mindfield -The first day of summer
I took the train into the city to visit Mindfield International Festival of Ideas in Merrion Square (Dublin).
I liked the title of the talk "My Year of Flops -how success and failure are closely interconnected." in the Leviathan tent. I confess not to having heard of the speaker, Nathan Rabin, previously, but the title attracted me.
A bit of misery and I'm anybody's.
Rabin, a thirty four year old film and music critic and head writer at The Onion (a newspaper which describes itself as America's finest news source)gave an engaging and searingly honest account of an emotionally disturbed teenhood after being abandoned by his mother and a stint spent in a mental hospital. None of Rabin's tough experiences deterred him from his ambition to be a writer and his success as a reviewer illustrates the importance in his own words of "not allowing yourself to be controlled by the past."
A well spent hour in the company of a witty, self deprecating and interesting speaker.
Afterwards, I was delighted to bump into, and have a bout of reminiscing with, a former work colleague, Helen Healy, who happens to be married to legendary Sligo writer Dermot Healy, author of Long Time, No See
And, of course, I couldn't resist seizing them for a photo.