Flann O’Brien (or, where does Omnium come from?)

By clicking here, you have begun to learn about the source inspiring both DeSelby and Omnium, the genesis of our corporate mythology; the books of this fine Irish author, whose real name was Brian O’Nolan (born 1911, died 1966).

In Flann’s writings, you may learn about making the finest whiskey in a week, finding Omnium in shoeboxes, the philosopher DeSelby (most often cited in footnotes), molecule theories, postmen, life, death, bicycles, and much more. A rewarding way to spend your time, in our opinion.

His works include:

  • The Dalkey Archive
  • The Hard Life: An Exegesis of Squalor
  • The Third Policeman
  • At Swim-Two-Birds
  • An Béal Bocht (The Poor Mouth)

“Sitting at home with my box of omnium I could do anything, see anything, and know everything with no limit to my powers save that of my own imagination. Perhaps I could use it to extend my imagination. I could destroy, alter and improve the universe at will.”