(Fintan O’Toole’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 4/11.)

CULTURE SHOCK: IN THE FIRST act of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, currently playing at the Gate in Dublin, Maggie tells her estranged husband, Brick: “You have that rare sort of charm that usually only happens in very old or hopelessly sick people, the charm of the defeated.” To the very old and the hopelessly sick, Williams might have added the whole of the Deep South. And we here might further add the Irish. The charm of the defeated is what creates a strange underlying affinity between southern US literature and Irish writing.

via www.irishtimes.com

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