This week, Molly Slavin, Eric Lewis, and Corey Goergen discuss depictions of Ireland in two 2020 properties: the film Wild Mountain Thyme and the television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People. We discuss why so many Irish-set fictions seem like period pieces and what, exactly, a “balletic millennial bedtime” is. Then, we discuss the different ways that the television show Derry Girls, Anna Burns’s novel Milkman, and Gerry Adams’s twitter account all attempt to re-frame the Troubles.
“The Balletic Millennial Bedtimes of ‘Normal People’” by Lorrie Moore
“Has Self-Awareness Gone too Far in Fiction” by Katy Waldman