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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

John McGahern

Empire State View has a gorgeous piece on John McGahern and her relationship with him.
After that interview, he and I began to write to one another. He would always reply immediately, his words etched hard into the paper, and his letters would ripple with stories, with snatches of news and of memory, with comedy…with life. Come and visit us, they would say, you’d be very welcome. Come for a drink or a bite to eat.
We became friends.

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And I remember that night as one that tumbled with stories, with laughter, with plans.With affection. He always signed his letters that way. It’s hard to believe that there will be no more.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Sinéad said...

Have you figured out who Empire State View is?

April 11, 2006 1:00 p.m.  
Blogger Auds said...

It wasn't too difficult to go through irish times archive to find out....

April 11, 2006 1:02 p.m.  
Blogger Auds said...

Like yourself Sinead, she's someone I recognise from the View!
Which is a programme I end up watching and giving out about more often than I plan to.

April 11, 2006 1:04 p.m.  
Anonymous Sinéad said...

I often give out about it too, but not because of John who is an excellent host. Sometimes, some people seem to try exceptionally hard and it comes off as ersatz, uncomfortable viewing.

April 11, 2006 2:33 p.m.  
Blogger hesitant hack said...

oh you pair of gossips, you've blown my cover....


Good luck with the exams, Auds. Thanks for your words on my piece.

April 11, 2006 9:32 p.m.  
Blogger Auds said...

Thanks HH - strictly speaking we haven't actually blown your cover.

I'm anonymous here and I think it would be easy enough to find out who I actually am, I don't think anyone's that interested in me.

You on the other hand, simply can't post magnificent articles about john McGahern and expect us not to look up the Irish Times archive!

April 11, 2006 10:12 p.m.  
Blogger hesitant hack said...

I didn't think I'd named the I**** T****...I hoped people might think that "IT" referred to the Indianapolis Tribune or something like that...

Oh well. I'll have to watch my Ps and Qs, and I guess that's no harm...

April 12, 2006 4:28 p.m.  
Blogger Auds said...

Well HH I can delete all these comments and pretend it never happened!

We'll all agree to swallow the paper it's written on and keep in between the 4 walls.

April 12, 2006 11:54 p.m.  

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