What to watch
Premiering today on Acorn.TV, Striking Out is a new Irish courtroom drama starring Amy Huberman as Tara Rafferty, a family court lawyer whose life falls apart when she catches her finance in bed with a colleague. Her boyfriend, home, office, and future dissolve in one moment and she’s left to assemble the remaining scraps and start anew. She begins by hiring Ray (Emmet Byrne), an unemployable youngster who Tara is representing in court, and setting up shop in the toilet-roll-filled back office of a hipster coffee shop. After a perfect life in a glass-walled empire, she finds herself dirt broke and crashing at her friends’ house. Will she be able to get on her feet, or will her ex-fiance Eric (Rory Keenan) seduce her back into a life of luxury and lies? Log into your Acorn account or start your free trial to watch Striking Out.
What to listen to
Irish comedian Maeve Higgins hosts a podcast called Maeve in America, which attempts to change the conversation on immigration in America by sharing stories about immigration by the people who experienced them. The show is 14 episodes in and just recently released its live episode. Higgins, who moved from Ireland to New York City a few years ago, hosts a monthly literature and comedy variety night with Jon Ronson in Brooklyn called Cool Kids, which began with a similar theme: being new to New York. Splitsider says, “In a broadcasting landscape that seems desperate for its next Garrison Keillor, Maeve’s global perspective and good humor are a surefire bet.”
What to read
In November, we lost an esteemed Irish author. William Trevor (1928-2016) wrote many novels and short stories. Anglonerd correspondent Mr. Pond says that William Trevor: The Collected Stories is a good thing to have around. “You can pick it up every once in a while and it surprises you how consistently good it is. It’s like seeing a friend you haven’t seen in years. I like ‘Access to the Children’ because it’s so sad.” He also recommends the stories “The Day We Got Drunk on Cake,” “The Mark-2 Wife,” “A Choice of Butchers,” “O Fat White Woman,” and “Afternoon Dancing.”
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