Re: Green Icebergs

From: Scottie Bowman <>
Date: Tue Feb 11 2003 - 12:48:08 EST

    '... the Irish generally love life ...'

    Yes, isn't it pretty to think so?

    A Polish expatriate chum of mine once remarked
    that the only people of his acquaintance more morose
    were the Russians - whom they resembled in other
    ways: their gross alcoholism, their talent for turning
    self pity into literature & so on.

    Dubliners, incidentally, must be distinguished from 'the Irish'.
    Like Cockneys, Berliners, (? New Yorkers?) & metropolitans
    everywhere, their lack of illusion, their irrepressibile instinct
    for mockery marks them as a different crowd altogether.
    (The mail boat to Liverpool & London was always there,
    waiting moored at the North Wall, an ever present means
    of escape from Father O'Flynn, his whisky breath,
    his shit-covered boots & his dribbling fantasies of hell.)

    Scottie B

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