Author: Lauren Olmeda

The Trouble with the Tax Bill

The Trouble with the Tax Bill

Tax “reform” is the hill Republicans are willing to die on, apparently. Fair enough, because they have nothing else to show for their stint in power – no wall, no Muslim ban, no Obamacare repeal, nothing. They know they have to pass this bill or […]

Turkey and Trump: Facts for your Thanksgiving Feast

Turkey and Trump: Facts for your Thanksgiving Feast

If you’re reading this and you are American, congratulations! You made it through the first nine months of Trump’s presidency and are now facing your first Thanksgiving with him as president. Last year felt a little unbelievable – we all talked over turkey and stuffing […]

Dear Men: You Can Do Better

Dear Men: You Can Do Better

Although I am completely, absolutely, entirely exhausted from explaining women’s issues to men in the hopes that they will listen instead of saying “okay, but not me!” it seems we are not quite finished. Large-scale predators like Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., and Kevin Spacey are finally being held accountable for their actions, and it has been heartening indeed to see condemnation of these creeps from men. But I don’t want to simply give men a pat on the back for this because the bar is so incredibly low. It takes no courage whatsoever to write a tweet about how you’ll miss watching House of Cards but you just can’t do it anymore because Kevin Spacey and Frank Underwood are apparently one and the same. It takes no courage whatsoever to insert “yeah, he is hilarious and smart, but I guess he’s a sexual harasser” in conversations about Louis C.K. So while your efforts are nice, I want to see so much more from the men in my life.

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By Our Bedsides, Vol. 2

By Our Bedsides, Vol. 2

By Our Bedsides is a new evening series in which we share the books, beauty products, and whatever else it may be that we’re winding down with at the moment. In this edition, Lauren takes us through her current reads and her cold weather routine.

Dublin Bookshops

Dublin Bookshops

Harry Potter agus an Órchloch – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Irish Literary talent has never been in short supply in Ireland. From the legends like William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde to more modern authors including Donal Ryan, Emma Donoghue, […]

Seasonal Basics

Seasonal Basics

Is there anything more thrilling than the start of a new term? New books, new stationery, new classes and courses and modules. To us here at the Attic, the turn of the season from summer to autumn represents a shift towards our strongest aesthetic, from cold brew to flat whites and from (typically) peaceful summer relaxation to the hustle and bustle of autumn. Of course, we wouldn’t want our readers to face this change unprepared, so I have created a list below of my back-to-school must-haves. Even if you’re no longer a student (I refuse to accept that I am one such individual), autumn is the best time to reinvent your wardrobe, to add a few new notebooks and pens to your arsenal, and to face the season with your best assets at hand.

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Protest: As American as Football

Protest: As American as Football

Perhaps we should have paid due attention to Colin Kaepernick the first time he knelt on the sidelines of an NFL game. Perhaps we should have acted the first time a young black man was shot simply for the color of his skin and for […]

A Shortage of Long-Term Compassion

A Shortage of Long-Term Compassion

Two recent disasters – the inferno at Grenfell Tower in London and Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas –  have reminded us anew of the destructive capabilities and sheer powers of the elements. A massive fire ravaged the twenty-four-floor London apartment building on the 14th of […]

The KKK and the World Today

The KKK and the World Today

There isn’t much I can say on the topic of white supremacy, Nazism, and the recent horrors in Charlottesville, VA that has not already been said in the past few days (and said far better than I could ever say it). Nevertheless, when I think about how I, as a singular human being, can make a difference in a situation like this, my answer is inevitably always the same: write, talk, argue, debate, post, tweet, spread awareness.

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Lauren’s Dublin City Guide

Lauren’s Dublin City Guide

Note: As the Eight live in different cities across the globe, we thought a good way to get to know us would be for us to create guides to all the cities close to our hearts. Once a month, you’ll hear from one of the […]