Kafka Translated

In Michelle Woods’ new book “Kafka Translated,” she looks at Franz’s Irish connection, his humor, and finds that Kafka himself was a re-interpreter.

Theatre Review: Michelle Woods on Love’s Labours Lost and The 39 Steps

How it’s New York: This is the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 26th year, located near Cold Spring, NY (reachable by train and courtesy bus from the station). How it’s (Irish) English: Shakespeare in rep for the summer, along with a witty take on England’s celluloid genius, Alfred Hitchcock. The season runs through Sept. 2. Get […]

Books: Michelle spends Bloomsday in Bed

Izzie finds a good use for Ulysses How it’s New York: I was in me bed upstate! How it’s Irish: the BBC produce an all-day radio adaptation of Ulysses on Bloomsday Bloomsday was almost a month ago. This summer is flying by! One voice not heard from in all of our posts- this one on […]

Books: Michelle Woods reviews “Call of the Lark”

How it’s New York: Author Maura Mulligan teaches Irish dancing and Irish in New York, and is a frequent reader at Irish American Writers & Artists Salon. How it’s Irish: Mulligan gives a bracing picture of life in Mayo in the 1940s and 1950s and immigration to New York.Books Editor Michelle Woods finds Maura Mulligan’s memoir […]

Michelle Woods’ Censoring Translation is out!

Michelle with the new book How it’s New York: Michelle Woods is an Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz. And Books Editor for New York Irish Arts! How it’s Irish: She’s Irish – well, half-Irish, half-Czech.  Celto-Slavs, anyone? Our fab Books Editor Michelle Woods launches her NEW BOOK, “Censoring Translation: Censorship, Theatre, and the Politics […]

Book Review: Fambilly Planning: Michelle Woods Reviews Smarty Girl!

How It’s New York: author Honor Molloy is a New York resident and celebrated reader at the Irish American Writers’ and Artists Salon.  She also occasionally blogs for us! How It’s Irish: Molloy was born in Dublin and her new novel, Smarty Girl, takes place in Bohemian 1960s Dublin. Hear a snippet from the audiobook […]

The Long Goodbye: Book Review from Michelle Woods

How It’s New York:How It’s Irish:  “Folks, I hate Deathriture.”  Michelle Woods reviews Meghan O’Rourke’s Memoir– and it gets her thinking about blogging, the art form Meghan O’Rourke will be in conversation with Belinda McKeon at the Irish Arts Center Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 pm.  Mortality – no, let’s call it Death – bites you […]

Michelle Woods on Sean Nolan’s Memoir Guys Like Us

Sean Nolan signs books in Manasqan, NJ How it’s New York: Set in and around the Irish Jersey Shore, Guys Like Us: A Memoir of Life Lost and Found is close enough (editor’s note:  tristate!  It’s tristate!  I’m from Jersey!). How it’s Irish: The Nolan family and their myths give some insight into the rise […]

Michelle Woods Reviews Kevin Holohan’s The Brothers’ Lot

How it’s New York: Kevin Holohan is a New York based Irish writer. He has read at PEN American’s Fall Literary Tasting and can often be found at IAWA (Irish American Writers and Artists) Salons. How it’s Irish: Holohan is an Irish writer who survived Irish schools. Michelle Woods finds  hilarity and personal resonance in […]

The Swell Season Captures the War of Fame, Art- and Love

How it’s New York: the new documentary, The Swell Season, recently showed in Manhattan and Brooklyn. How it’s Irish: Glen Hansard, the Irish musician, is one of the subjects of the documentary – his life with his ex-partner and fellow Oscar-winner, Marketa Irglová, during their 2007 tour. Michelle Woods, back from Prague, responds to the […]

Michelle Woods Can’t Wait for the Return of Peter Quinn’s Fintan Dunne: The Man Who Never Returned

How Its New York: Peter Quinn’s The Man Who Never Returned oozes New York. It’s a central character.  And Peter is President of the Irish American Writers & Artists, whom we love and adore.How Its Irish: Irish-American Quinn produces an Irish-American shamus, Fintan Dunne. In which reviewer Michelle Woods discovers the joys of reading an […]


NYIA The Brother’s Lot My father attended a Christian Brothers’ school beside the Black Church. If you run around the Black Church three times at midnight you’ll meet the devil, they say. One entrance was on Paradise Place, a street that was still boarded up and garbage-ridden during the Celtic Tiger. You couldn’t make this […]

City of Newsprint: Pete Hamill’s Tabloid City

How It’s New York: New York is the setting for the novel; Pete Hamill is the quintessential New Yorker.How It’s Irish: Hamill is American-Irish, and his protagonist, Sam Briscoe, is half-Irish, half-Jewish, one of the famed Jirish. Michelle Woods loves the vanishing world of print  in Pete Hamill’s Tabloid City, and Pete Hamill’s Jirish protagonist […]

Love in the 60s (age and era): Mary Gordon’s the Love of My Youth

How it’s New York: Mary Gordon teaches at Barnard College in New York and participated in one of the New York Public Library’s “Word for Word” open air readings in Bryant Park.How it’s Irish: She is one of the leading contemporary Irish-American novelists. Michelle Woods learns that love doesn’t have to be Philip Roth and […]