The virtuous art of speaking ill of the dead…

Myles Dungan has a great show on RTE each Monday night called Speaking ill of the dead. Last night he gave over a great deal of time to the late Dave Walter of the Montana Historical Association and his address on his favorite theme of 20 plus years, “Jerks in Montana History” (sound file – Dave starts at 5.53). Really, don’t miss it!. It’s a de-sanitised, and re-humourised history, the like of which is rarely seen within our own historical discourse. It proves the rule that Ruth Dudley Edwards is fond of quoting that you cannot write a biography without some strong sympathetic feeling for the subject, however much of a rogue they may have been.

The whole series is now to be a homage to Dave, who himself died in June. Nice one Myles!!

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