see people in terms of dialogue and I believe that people are
you're a writer in Dublin and you write a snatch of dialogue,
everyone thinks you lifted it from Joyce. The whole idea that
he owns language as it is spoken in Dublin is a nonsense. He
didn't invent the Dublin accent. It's as if you're encroaching
on his area or it's a given that he's on your shoulder. It gets
on my nerves.
a big con job. We have sold the myth of Dublin as a sexy place
incredibly well; because it is a dreary little dump most of
On his home city
Irish are the niggers of Europe
An' Dubliners are the
niggers of Ireland
An' the northside Dubliners are the
niggers o' Dublin - Say it loud. I'm black an' I'm proud.
been in the folk mass choir when they were in school but that,
they knew now, hadn't really been singing. Jimmy said that real
music was sex
They were starting to agree with him. And
there wasn't much sex in Morning Has Broken or The Lord Is My
could have done with a good editor. You know people are always
putting Ulysses in the top 10 books ever written but I doubt
that any of those people were really moved by it.
On James Joyce's novel Ulysses