Category Archives: Writing

The art and craft of writing

The Comfort of Innocence

 My Enchanté column from June 12, 2014 By Mark BerginHe spent much of his early life in a forest before traveling hundreds of thousands of miles. He’s only got a few good friends, but has millions of fans who span several … Continue reading

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May the Road Rise to Meet You

My Enchanté column from EMC News this week By Mark Bergin The week of the Irish is upon us. For many, that means revelry. For others, it’s a simpler celebration of all things Irish: Brendan Behan, James Joyce and other … Continue reading

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Brendan at the Chelsea: feckin’ brilliant

“And in Brendan Behan’s footsteps I danced up and down the street.” (Phil Chevron/The Pogues) Brendan at the Chelsea is a masterful production. The play, in its North American debut, allows us to dance in Brendan Behan’s footsteps. It’s filled … Continue reading

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Jeffery Deaver’s “The Kill Room”

Jeffery Deaver’s newest thriller, The Kill Room, is not what I expected; it’s better. International intrigue, moral issues involved in new kinds of wars, drone kills, rogue government bureaucrats hiring killers to clean up crime scenes, the military-corporate world and some … Continue reading

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Tricia Knowles

My Enchanté column about Tricia Knowles She’s animated when the speaks. Her eyes do a great deal of her talking. Tricia Knowles is a freelance writer and promoter of the arts. You may know her as a former radio personality. … Continue reading

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“Sláinte!” to Ireland

You’ve probably seen the phrase “Erin Go Bragh” hanging in a pub somewhere in your travels. It’s the anglicized version of the Irish Éirinn go Brách. The English spelling is meaningless. The Irish Gaelic phrase Éirinn go Brách roughly means … Continue reading

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Patti Smith: punk’s fairy godmother

Only Patti Smith should cover a Rolling Stones’ song. Same goes for the Who’s My Generation, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit or Them’s Gloria. No one else can capture the original soul of the sound. In 2007, during her induction … Continue reading

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