Irish (literary) Priests In (“depressing”) Scandal

Julian Gough, quondam writer of a short story, has been having a go at the Irish literary establishment (picked up here by The Guardian, which tries to provoke the Irish literary establishment into having a go at quondam writer of a short story, Julian Gough).

Since we violently disagree with Julian Gough in everything he says, it comes as a great pity he has the gall to use so many Obookian arguments to justify himself, viz.

I do read the odd new, young writer, and it’s usually intensely disappointing. Mostly it’s grittily realistic, slightly depressing descriptions of events that aren’t very interesting. Though, to be fair, sometimes it’s sub-Joycean, slightly depressing descriptions of events that aren’t very interesting.

or

I don’t believe in trends, movements, schools, and the whole German classification mania. That’s all made up after the fact, to help university libraries with their filing.

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4 thoughts on “Irish (literary) Priests In (“depressing”) Scandal

  1. Welll…you know what they say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…is he the chap who always signs his posts ‘Berlin, Lhasa, Galway’, ‘Los Angeles, Limerick, Pago-Pago’, etc? A man of the world, then…or a man with an atlas.

  2. Yes, that’s the fellow. A sort of pseudo-intellectual Father Ted, if I read those Guardian commenters right.

  3. Yes, he does seem to be getting a rather savage kicking from those acquainted with his oeuvre. Well-deserved, from what little I’ve seen (read) of the bugger…

  4. Sorry not to see “Jennifer Johnston” on the Guardian blog, its thread, Gough’s linked-to blog, or its thread (unless I missed it).

    Everybody loves to sock away credibility by angrily denouncing the sick soul of their own tribe. Maybe next Dalkey will ask Gough for his opinion of bankers or kiddie porn, and he can go out on a limb with a really startling “rant”.

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