Universal, existential, international and cosmopolitan

Just about all of the Sunday papers tackle Fr Alec Reid’s comments in one way or another, and Henry McDonald, in the Observer, takes issue with “The Irish conceit – the belief that ‘we’ are the most special, gifted, talented, put-down and oppressed people to walk upright on this planet”, and points to the interview on Radio Ulster’s Arts Extra with John Banville.. who’s clearly enjoying his 15 minutes – listen to the interview here[first 10 minutes on the show – Ed].. and his comment, on the international guild of writers, that “We think of ourselves as writers.. it’s a cosmopolitan business” reminded me of an earlier post on taking a similar approach to the political process.