Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


Wop-bop-a-loo-mop alop-bom-bom…

As many are aware, journalism is what I do to pay the bills. But my real passion is my art. That’s why I’m delighted to announce that an exhibition of my paintings, entitled Righteous Imposter, will take place in The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin 2 from November 11th to January 29th 2011 (closed December 23th -January 2nd.) I hope some of you will come along to support this extremely worthwhile event.

November 8th, 2010. 9 Comments »

Stretch Out and Wait (1985)

Courtesy of the very talented Will St Leger. Just spent a wonderfully maudlin hour or so watching the full set of his Smiths videos here.

November 6th, 2010. Comment now »

Carlos Tevez is depressed

Carlos Tevez is depressed. Kicking an inflated ball around a field every week. Scoring goals. Tracking back. Pretending like it all means a fucking thing. A grown man. A sentient human being. I get that. But I sit down at the television, Carlos. I punch the air when the ball goes in the net. I don’t know what the point is either. We’re all floundering here, mate. Just hang in there.

November 6th, 2010. 3 Comments »

Fiddy or Gogarty?

A few people on one of the threads below (and on Twitter) were asking about table quiz questions from last night. Here (if this works) are the two visual rounds. Have a go at guessing if you like, the questions are at the end. The blurb missing from the Fiddy or Gogarty round reads: Read the rest of this entry »

November 4th, 2010. 65 Comments »

Published: Mongrel Magazine, November 2007

The Mongrel Guide to Being a Bad Ass

I’ll be honest, this is one of the most half-assed feature I’ve ever written. Mongrel ed Michael Freeman wanted me to write a feature entitled ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’. Mike was a great editor, one of the best I’ve ever had, but this was a misjudgement on a par with commissioning a ‘Live and Let Live Has Always Been My Philosophy’ op-ed from Pol Pot. Anyway, the ‘bad ass’ idea was kind of a last minute compromise. Read the rest of this article.

November 3rd, 2010. 2 Comments »

This is funny

Some Larry David stand-up from about ten years ago. I particularly love the bit where he speculates about cowboys in the Wild West using call-screening to avoid going out on posses.

November 3rd, 2010. Comment now »

Just a friendly reminder…

Actually, the quiz is fully booked out so if you haven’t already entered: tough shit. But if you have, it’s on tomorrow (Wednesday) night. If you haven’t, sure come along anyway and hang out with me. I’ll probably be bored.

November 2nd, 2010. 19 Comments »

Ringo, do the face!

November 2nd, 2010. 2 Comments »

“With Damien I could just stick my thumbs in my waistband and stand there like a Thunderbird…”

IT’S A GORGEOUS Monday afternoon; one of those rare, life-affirming days in the early summer when the world, however fleetingly, appears vibrant, green and new. But at our table in a bustling Italian restaurant on the banks of the Grand Canal, Lisa Hannigan isn’t brimming with the joys of summer just yet. She’s anxious that if she orders food, she may accidentally spill something on her blouse. (There is a photo shoot to follow.) She’s anxious that if she doesn’t eat, the restaurant may want the table back. But for the most part, she’s just anxious about where I might be going with my opening question. Read the rest of this article here.

November 1st, 2010. Comment now »

Here’s my problem with Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity

My problem with Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity is this: The Daily Show host has confused moderation and rationality. Although ostensibly ‘political satire’, The Daily Show more frequently satirises the way politics is covered in the media. The host’s most consistent quibble is the way the media treats politics as a blood sport.

Debate on the American news networks, as he sees it, usually means putting two hysterical partisan hacks, with irreconcilable points of view, into one studio together and inviting them hurl abuse at each other. In Stewart’s breakthrough moment during the 2004 election cycle, he berated the hosts of CNN’s Crossfire to their faces for presenting a show that was closer to theatre than political discourse. Read the rest of this entry »

October 30th, 2010. 30 Comments »