Saturday, March 17, 2012

Books & music for St. Paddy's day

Irish authors I go back to again and again are William Trevor and Edna O'Brien. I turned a friend on to them, and now books by both are moving back and forth on a conveyor belt from house to house. I also recommend Nuala O'Faolain's My Dream of You and James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners.
For the kiddies, here's a children's book that references one of the primary figures in Joyce's Finnegans' Wake: Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin: An Irish Tale. And for the soundtrack to any Irish celebration, you can't do better than the Chieftains' Voice of Ages.
What's your favorite Irish quaff? 1) Harp lager, 2) Guinness Black & Tan, 3) Kinsale lager, 4) Murphy's Irish Red
How about Irish whiskey?: 1) Tullamore Dew 2) Jameson 3) Bushmills


  1. Finnegan's awake?March 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Ah, I remember A Portrait of the Artist fondly, as I crossed it in my sixteenth year, and its smooth and lovely prose slid down my throat like a cold brew. The musings of the young Stephen seemed to echo my own interior voice-- except that the Greeks had coated my mind with their myths early on in my life, had beaten the Irish priests to my soul. Therefore the sex was not such a problem.

  2. The Black and Tans were cruel oppressors and are not thought of kindly in Ireland. Better to substitute some Irish Cream.