My Ecstasy Meeting the Not-so-Filthy Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting, Skagboys, Filth

So if anyone actually reads my blog they’ll know Irvine Welsh is one of my top author obsessions. I would apologize for repetition, but if anyone is kind enough to read, I’m sure they’ll indulge my infatuation. If you truly love someone, you want the world to understand how brilliant that person is. And so I continue to expound on the pure genius of Irvine Welsh. He is witty, incisive, poetic, imaginative, and a great storyteller. Continue reading →

From the schemes to uni to skag: exploring renton’s dual-identities

Skagboys, Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
Irvine Welsh
‘s latest novel, Skagboys, is a prequel to his infamous book, Trainspottingand explores how the friends all became heroin junkies. It’s been a while since I’ve read Trainspotting (I’ve read it twice) but I remember the gist of it and the style. To catch you up: drugs, Brit-pop, drugs, raves, more drugs, sex, more drugs, death, more drugs, theft, more drugs, and one friend screwing over the rest. When Welsh was initially writing Trainspotting, it was much longer, with part of what became Skagboys. At the time, he wasn’t interested in how they became addicts, but recently, he began to wonder how that transition began. Continue reading →