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Seanachie: A Boston Irish Storyteller and Part-Time Shaman

Books about place, magic, Faeries, Ireland, sex, God, and love

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New Orleans as It Was
Charles "Pie" Dufour, Henry C. Castellanos
New Orleans after the Civil War
Justin A. Nystrom
Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland (complete: First & Second Series)
Isabella Augusta Persse (Lady Gregory)
Bright Dead Things: Poems
Ada Limon
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Mark Manson
Desire: Poems
Frank Bidart
Selected Poems 1976-2012
Jorie Graham
An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry
Wes Davis (Editor)
I Am An Executioner: Love Stories
Rajesh Parameswaran
An Artist of the Floating World
Kazuo Ishiguro

What Belongs to You

What Belongs to You - Garth Greenwell This carefully crafted small novel arises from the chance encounter of an expat American with a charming hustler in a public restroom in Bulgaria. It examines the ridiculousness of any desire and the mortification of unrequited desire in particular, and the narrator's limited Bulgarian language skills is a perfect metaphor for the miscommunications between the desiring and the desired. For me, the smallness of the scope felt a bit cramped at times; except as it related to his desire for the hustler, the narrator's goals and motivations were not always clear. Yet there was something also delicate, even exquisite about Greenwell's observations and in particular his capturing the twin sides of shame and excitement that characterize the narrator's want, especially where what he wants is objectively not as good or proper as what he already has.