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Thursday, April 20, 2006

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Ireland sometimes like its trying too hard to make up for the its censorship of its best writers, or else disguising the fact that so many of them lived in self-imposed exile.

Welcome to Beckett Country: "It is right and meet that Dublin should so honour one of its greatest sons. However, it is also difficult to reconcile the jolly commercialism of a festival with the rarefied existentialism of Beckett's work; to match the hurried superficiality of tourism with his distillation and intensity. And our interest in his biography ('He had many lovers?' asked a journalist on the coach) sits ill with his intense privacy: when awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, he didn't even go to the ceremony."

Paris's special breakfast seems a celebration closer to the spirit of what it celebrates.