Flann O’Brien has been a firm favorite in Ireland for the many years since the eloquent man from Strabane (aka Briain Ó Nuallain, aka Myles na gCopaleen) died back in 1966. Now he’s been a big hit in the US since after a scriptwriter on the US TV series Lost, hinted that one its characters was reading O’Brien’s The Third Policeman had been chosen “very specifically for a reason”. The book is full of weird metaphysics, which more than once our brightest and best have put good secondary use in describing Northern Ireland (weird? metaphysics? how else to describe our political life!). More forensic detail from Blather, and thanks to Ciaran for the heads up!