Until 1972, the Catholic Church held a constitutionally protected “special position” in Ireland. Thank goodness. Had it not been for the convent schools and Magdalene Laundries, literature and art would have been much the poorer. 1,107 more words
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I stumbled on the short Penguin Lives biography of James Joyce by Edna O’Brien (1999) at the library last week and I’ve been reading it with pleasure, but one question (and answer) jumped off the page at me in this morning’s reading on the train. 214 more words
Do you have a favorite book reviewer?
Whenever I read a book review by James Wood in the New Yorker, I find myself marveling over Wood’s writing. 480 more words