first_imgNovelist Michael Collins, member of the Notre Dame class of 1987, read excerpts from his most recent novel, “The Death of All Things Seen,” on Wednesday in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.As an undergraduate, Collins was a varsity track athlete at Notre Dame on scholarship from Limerick, Ireland, majoring in English and business.“I came as an athlete and only survived two years at Notre Dame on scholarship, and I was allowed by the benevolence of [University President Emeritus] Fr. [Theodore] Hesburgh to stay without finishing my running career,” Collins said. “What he did say was, ‘If you’re going to stay on here, do something, don’t be a quitter. You’re not leaving the team because you’re a failure.’ And I said ‘No, I want to become educated. I want to do something else.’”That “something else” was first programming software — a skill he taught himself — at Microsoft under Bill Gates, and then later becoming a successful novelist whose works have been translated into 17 languages.William O’Rourke, professor emeritus and founder of the Notre Dame Creative Writing graduate program, said Collins was the reason he founded the program.“Michael was one of the most extraordinary students I’ve ever encountered, and it wasn’t just because he had over-the-horizon genius in writing,” O’Rourke said. “He has this ability of prose which very few people have, he’s a long distance runner world class and he also worked with Bill Gates at Microsoft.“He traverses three cultures.”One of Collins’ early novels, “The Keepers of Truth,” which is set in a town that closely resembles South Bend, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC Award. The book led to both his recognition in the literary world and his firing from Microsoft, because they were unaware of his writing career, O’Rourke said.Since then, Collins has written 10 novels in total, all part of an American series that “lament the passing of American greatness,” Collins said.Collins read from his most recent novel, “The Death of All Things Seen”, which is the last in the series.“[The Death of All Things Seen is] a Chicago novel. It’s both sociological, realistic and philosophical — a genre that’s very popular these days,” O’Rourke said.Collins attributed his recent success to the current political climate surrounding the election of President Donald Trump.“When I started writing, it was to understand my own country, to process all that I had left behind in Ireland — again in 1983, Catholics versus Protestants and the whole in Ireland, you got to America and you never wanted to go home.” Collins said. “Writing is about psychotherapy for me. Perhaps it takes a point of dislocation to better receive the past or understand it. It would not be until I became an engineer for Microsoft in the mid ’90s that I would begin to reflect on our collective future.”“The Death of All Things Seen” begins in 2008 in the wake of the economic crisis and the election of then-President Barack Obama. The novel “moves around the central idea that there is no single narrative anymore — that each life simply occupies the same moment, that one’s perception and understanding of the world is never the same to any one person,” Collins said. “This is a world of fracture.”Collins, who is an ultra runner in addition to novelist and is captain of the Irish National 100k team, says that distance running and writing overlap in the areas of self-deprivation and discipline.“Every book takes about three months to write. You spend a lot of time preparing for a book and then you have to find a three-month space to do it. Writing a book is not difficult when you decide to do it,” Collins said. “I do 100-mile races, people think three months is long, but 100 miles is long too. If you prepare for it … you say on that particular day, ‘I’m going to do it,’ to the detriment of everything else in your life.”Collins then offered some advice to aspiring novelists.“Compress everything into a short period of time. If you give yourself too much time to do something, you give yourself an out.”Tags: creative writing, Ireland, Michael Collins, rev. theodore hesburgh, The Death of All Things Seen, Tracklast_img read more

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season SAN DIEGO — If the Dodgers are going to land one of the remaining top-tier free agents this winter, it might require them to do something they have largely avoided – engage in a bidding war at the top of the market.One of the top three free agents available, right-hander Stephen Strasburg, agreed to a seven-year, $245 million contract Monday to return to the Washington Nationals. The deal is the largest ever signed by a pitcher.“I think it was a great deal for Stephen and obviously a great deal from the Nationals’ standpoint,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said of the news. “I always think it’s great when there’s a homegrown player that’s potentially signed up to finish his career in the same place. There’s something nostalgic about that for me.”In practical terms, it impacts the Dodgers’ offseason in two ways. In 2015, they made an aggressive offer to right-hander Zack Greinke after he exercised an opt-out clause in his contract with them (believed to be for five years and $155 million). That was topped not only by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who signed Greinke for six years and $206.5 million, but by an offer from the San Francisco Giants.And in 2016-17, the Dodgers added a fifth year to their offer to closer Kenley Jansen, who was prepared to sign with the Nationals.POSITION SWITCHIf the Dodgers do sign Rendon – or Donaldson, another free agent third baseman they are believed to be interested in – it would mean some changes in a crowded infield. Friedman acknowledged that he has talked with incumbent third baseman Justin Turner about the possibility of playing another position in 2020.“Not surprisingly, JT’s mindset is – ‘Whatever puts us in the best position to win. Whatever, whenever,” Friedman said. “Not surprising.”If Turner is asked to play another position, Friedman said it would be “a safe assumption” that he would move to first base, not second. That would leave a logjam of Max Muncy, Gavin Lux and Corey Seager (all left-handed hitters) at second base and shortstop and likely make newly-minted NL MVP Cody Bellinger a full-time outfielder.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Turner, who recently turned 35, will be in the final year of his contract in 2020. By most metrics, his defense at third base has declined the past two years. But Friedman said he views that “as more of a one-year aberration” than a sign of decline.“Just knowing him, knowing his work ethic, knowing all he’ll put into it, coupled with when you play as much as he does, when you get on base as much as he does, nagging things pop up and I think they can have an effect on guys on defense – I’ll bet on him to put in the work this winter and be in a really good spot going into next year,” Friedman said. “That being said, I also anticipate him playing a lot and being on base a lot which means he could develop some nagging injuries from that. But I’ll bet on him to put himself in the best position.”ALSOJosh Bard is rejoining the Dodgers’ coaching staff as bullpen coach, replacing Mark Prior who will replace Rick Honeycutt as pitching coach. Bard was on Dave Roberts’ original staff before leaving to become bench coach on Aaron Boone’s New York Yankees staff the past two seasons. Strasburg’s deal sets a very high floor for the other top free-agent pitcher, right-hander Gerrit Cole. Strasburg and Cole are both represented by Scott Boras, who is reportedly aiming for an eight- to 10-year deal for Cole worth more than $300 million. The New York Yankees and Angels are expected to duke it out financially for Cole’s services with the Dodgers interested but likely not as motivated.At the same time, the Nationals’ commitment to Strasburg makes it less likely that they will be able to re-sign third baseman Anthony Rendon as well. Also represented by Boras, Rendon could command a contract approaching the eight-year, $260-million extension Nolan Arenado signed with the Colorado Rockies in February. Principal Nationals owner Mark Lerner said recently that “we really can only afford to have one of” Strasburg and Rendon – a stance Nationals GM Mike Rizzo tried to modify Monday following Strasburg’s signing.“This ownership group has never shied away from putting the resources together to field a championship-caliber club. I don’t see them in any way hindering us from going after the elite players in the game,” Rizzo said. “I think that Mark realizes that there’s ways to fit players in. There’s ways that you can field a championship-caliber roster. And, again, the resources have always been there, so I don’t expect that to change.”In addition to the Nationals, the Texas Rangers are known to have keen interest in Rendon (a Texas native). The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves (if Josh Donaldson moves on) are also potential suitors.Under Friedman, the Dodgers have been linked to some of the most expensive free agents each winter but, from all indications, have avoided a back-and-forth bidding war except for two cases.last_img read more

first_imgTHERE is great sadness in Co Donegal today after the family of GAA legend Jim ‘The Natch’ Gallagher announced that he has died.Mr Gallagher, who was 84, passed away earlier today at Sligo General Hospital.He lost his wife Eithne, in a tragic road accident at Cliffoney, Co. Sligo, in June 2012. Mr Gallagher, from Coolcholly, Ballyshannon, played for both Ulster and Donegal.He played on the Donegal senior team in the 1940s and 50s,starting at the age of 16 and captaining the county when they playedat Croke Park in the early 50s.He also captained Donegal when they won their first major trophy,the Dr Lagan Cup in 1952, and he represented Ulster in the Railway Cup.Nicknamed “The Natch”, he was a member of the Aodh Ruadh Club and played most of his games at centre-half-back. He is survived by a daughter, three sons and grandchildren.Funeral arrangements will be announced later. SADNESS AT DEATH OF DONEGAL GAA LEGEND JIM ‘THE NATCH’ GALLAGHER was last modified: November 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deathJim GallagherThe Natchlast_img read more

first_imgGARDAI and the PSNI are hunting a gang which stole a car in County Donegal before using the vehicle to drive at police in Derry.The northern-registered Toyota Celica was taken in Bridgend just after 12.20am this morning.The PSNI said the stolen car later reversed into a police car in the Caw Hill Park area of Derry City at about 4am causing damage to the front grill. Officers then approached the car which was driven at them and over the foot of one of the officers who did not suffer injury. CROSS-BORDER HUNT FOR CRIME GANG WHO HIT POLICE OFFICER was last modified: March 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bridgendcar stolenGardaPSNIlast_img read more