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“A ghostly collaboration… a rewarding challenge.” The New York Times Book Review on SAMUEL BECKETT IS CLOSED by Michael Coffey

Friday, April 27th, 2018

A ghostly collaboration . . . a rewarding challenge. Coffey takes a colossal figure whose form-shattering masterpieces can seem hermetic and obscure, deliberately closed off, and opens him up in a way we haven’t seen.

Read the full review at the New York Times.

Samuel Beckett: Connoisseur of Artistic Failure – MICHAEL COFFEY in Lit Hub

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Fail better. I am not sure any writer is more identifiable by two words than Samuel Beckett is by these. Though first occurring in one of his late, little-known works, the phrase has nonetheless come to be a rallying cry for athletes and entrepreneurs alike. Richard Branson and Elon Musk cite them. A tennis star has the phrase tattooed on his forearm. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

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“Now, more than ever, we have much to learn from Beckett”: the Los Angeles Review of Books on SAMUEL BECKETT IS CLOSED

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

By breaking rules of genre and narrative, by embracing experimental form, Coffey’s work raises questions about how contemporary artists might work to resist the status quo through a subversive, fragmentary style that makes it impossible for us to look away from our political reality. Now, more than ever, we have much to learn from Beckett.

Read the full review at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

“A kind of ball that is not a ball.” A conversation with MICHAEL COFFEY exploring Samuel Beckett’s relationship to political violence, at Slought

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

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MICHAEL COFFEY is interviewed at Irish Central

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

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The Samuel Beckett Society interviews MICHAEL COFFEY about SAMUEL BECKETT IS CLOSED

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

You ask several times in the book, ‘Why Beckett.” So, why Beckett?

You could ask not only why Beckett but why mention it. I mention it because I think that being transparent about the genesis of such a project is important. It is being honest. Not everyone cares to see process in a work of art, but there you have it. And in Beckett’s work itself, the mechanics of things are stripped down, laid bare. There is very little artifice. But plenty of invention. A principle interest of mine was really “What Beckett?” That is, what would such an innovator be doing today, given today’s technologies and global politics. Whatever I have learned thus far is in this book, to a point. I am still at it.

Read the full interview at The Samuel Beckett Society.

“A clever exploration of the ways in which art gives life meaning…shrewd. A stimulating and singular work.” Publishers Weekly on SAMUEL BECKETT IS CLOSED

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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“A complex but emotionally effective tribute to the Irish author.” Kirkus on SAMUEL BECKETT IS CLOSED

Friday, September 29th, 2017

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