Volume 28, Issue 1 (2015) Assembled Pieces: Selected Writings by Shaun O'Connell
Introduction: Turning Pages
Pages, essays, and books pile up in libraries while pixilated words and paragraphs get packed away on hard disks or float in clouds: permanence versus ephemera. Yet, as underfunded libraries turn into media centers and as digital backup options proliferate, who can tell what pages will last and for how long. These essays have long been stored in volumes of the New England Journal of Public Policy (NEJPP) or made available on the journal’s website. This collection sets them in a fresh context and gives them an opportunity to reach new readers in a format that shows how issues and themes change but never disappear.
It has been a tense task, rereading essays I wrote some decades ago, but in the end satisfying, for they remind me of the times, tempers, and cultural contexts in which they were composed and they have things to say that I had forgotten I said. My hope is that these essays, granted a second time around, will have worthy things to say to current readers.
Excerpt from Shaun O'Connell's "Introduction: Turning Pages."
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Boston and New York: The City upon a Hill and Gotham (2006)
Tip O’Neill: Irish-American Representative Man (2003)
Home and Away: Imagining Ireland Imagining America (2013)
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