Friday 9 December 2016

David Robbins: Voices of the past speak to me from the strangest places

David Robbins

Published 06/11/2011 | 06:00

When the great (and relentlessly bitchy) American writer Gore Vidal published his memoirs under the title Palimpsest, I thought: what a pretentious, puffed-up, showy word to use.

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That was partly because I didn't know what a palimpsest was, and partly due to an innate Irish resistance to anything overtly intellectual.

A palimpsest is an old parchment from which the original writing has been erased and which has been used again. It conveys a layering up of meaning, a overlaying of the new upon the old.

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