Sunday 24 September 2017

Gerard O'Regan: It's no surprise that we're still sentimental about JFK

Gerard O'Regan

"Sentimentality is intolerable because it is always a false feeling.''

Such was one of the many insights into the foibles of the human condition, from that most perceptive of commentators, the novelist Doris Lessing, who died last week.

It especially came to mind in recent days, as the 50th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination, and all its unremitting symbolism, was played out on both sides of the Atlantic.

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