Ep. 13 – The Nostalgia Trap (w/ Tom O’Leary)

Kelly and Dermot welcome Tom O’Leary back to the podcast to talk about the allure of nostalgia. Tom and Dermot talk about what it’s actually like to be an Irish person who left their home country to seek their fortune abroad, nostalgia for their past, Americans’ nostalgia for an Ireland that never was, and how Joyce’s nostalgia for Ireland shaped his work.


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Our Personal Nostalgia Traps:

Dermot – Reeling in the Years, 1990

Kelly – “Flypaper” by Robscenity

Tom – the dole scene in The Commitments (We couldn’t find this clip on YouTube, but here’s the trailer if you’ve never seen The Commitments.)


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