Telling tales

As previously noted, the acclaimed Irish writer John McGahern’s new book Memoirs has just been published. The Guardian, on Saturday, printed an extract that details his experience of censorship in Ireland that’s worth reading – a result of the deliberations of the Committee on Evil Literature – and he was interviewed by RTÉ radio’s Rattlebag on 1 Sept about his life and work, during which he also read from his Memoirslisten to the full interview here[RealPlayer sound file]

  • smcgiff

    Also featured in yesterday’s Sunday Times.

    Tempted to buy this one.

  • Dandyman

    And people wonder why Northern Protestants wouldn’t consent to live in a United Ireland. The sexual puritanism in Ireland during the last century, the fervour and hypocrisy of the whole sick, sordid business, still astounds me sometimes… I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get my head around it fully.

  • smcgiff

    ‘The sexual puritanism in Ireland during the last century,’

    Dandyman… In the times on Sunday, they claimed that it was not uncommon in the last generation that people (in the UK) were married without knowing the physical difference between man and woman.

    If you or anyone ever want to find evidence to support your flavour of prejudice you’ll always be able to find it.

  • peteb

    Worth noting, Dandyman, is that, as described in the Committee on Evil Literature radio programme [if you listen to it] and in the details of Beckett’s experience of the blue pencil of the office of the Lord Chamberlain, sexual puritanism in the last century was not confined to Ireland.

  • smcgiff

    As per Peteb, THEY didn’t all leave on the Mayflower, you know! 🙂

  • Tochais Síoraí

    Aye, Dandyman, the religious eejits had far too great a role on southern society in the last century. But we’ve come on a fair bit and the battle on this and other related issues is over now. Maybe the only people who would support such a committee anywhere in Ireland now are within northern Protestantism i.e the DUP (or at least a large section of it).