The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Beckett Remembering/ Remembering Beckett

Samuel Beckett has changed tense (the pretty euphemism comes from Raymond Federman) with extraordinary smoothness, escaping any postmortem wane of reputation. Death has only consolidated his stature and appeal. The process whereby a sporty Irish Protestant from a comfortable background turned himself into a classless, ageless and timeless figure is mysterious, though a new book of interviews edited by James and Elizabeth Knowlson does its best to offer clues.,,1749913,00.html


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