Dylan O’Sullivan — Essayful | Episode 160

Dylan O’Sullivan is a writer and media specialist based in Cork, Ireland.

Dylan’s work has been published in magazines such as The Spectator and Areo. He is also the creator of Essayful, a Substack dedicated to becoming “a new home for writing.”

Following his participation in David Perell’s Write of Passage course last year, Dylan joined us as an intern at O’Shaughnessy Ventures.

He joins the show to discuss the problem with traditional education, the blurry border between fiction & nonfiction, how AI is going to impact writing, why Ireland has such cultural influence, and more!

Important Links:

- Dylan’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/dylanoa4?s=21&t=ISBO_wjj8n9inHJ0nzDW3g
- Essayful - https://essayful.substack.com
- Write of Passage - https://writeofpassage.school

00:00 Intro
00:54 Main Podcast
01:32 Losing the O’s
05:02 The collapse of the old institutions
10:58 An introduction to Essayful
13:31 "There's nothing new under the sun."
15:35 The blurry border between fiction & nonfiction
16:42 Rebuilding the Tower of Babel
21:13 A book as a living thing
27:55 How is AI going to impact writing?
42:27 Why are academic papers so hard to read?
47:15 Why does Ireland have such cultural influence
01:03:50 What’s next?

Books Mentioned:

- Old God’s Time; by Sebastian Barry
- Unflattening; by Nick Sousanis
- The Island of Saints and Scholars; Sean McMahon
- Ulysses; by James Joyce