O'Hara's admiration for Fitzgerald's first novel This Side of Paradise is well documented -- he fell in love with the book, that's how he put it. It's not surprising to find Fitzgerald the author he had to copy, and try to surmount.
In another example of punching above its weight, Ireland has retained a "Top Ten" ranking on the Global Innovation Index 2013, a survey of 142 countries just released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Cornell University.
In our building there lived two women with numbers tattooed onto the underside of their forearms. I remember being with her in the elevator on a number of occasions staring at the numbers on her arm, and her noticing and smiling at me.
Instead of coaching athletes, she has spent the last several years coaching me as I've strived to get better, first from ovarian cancer at the age of 32, then from the autonomic nerve damage the life-saving chemo caused.
Though there's been a bit of a vacuum in genealogical programming in the U.S. over the last year or so, that's happily about to change. First up is Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock's mockumentary series, Family Tree.
Linkedin is big in Ireland and a vital connection point for entrepreneurs, people with arcane specialities, tech-sector types, ex-pats, Diaspora Irish, people wanting to do business in Ireland, and Irish wanting to do business abroad.
You know you've arrived when you've been mocked by Christopher Guest. Guest, who has a gift for putting peculiar subcultures under a microscope, has set his sights on genealogy with Family Tree, a series coming to HBO and BBC2 shortly.
Ireland is the place to be for St. Patrick's Day; all other celebrations pale by comparison. While this may be an American holiday, the Irish have adapted it just brilliantly and have made it one of the most fun times a human can have without combusting.