Friday 19 January 2018

Eoghan Harris: Keep Provo confessors away from professors

This week I'm writing about writers. Don't reach for the remote. I promise not to get precious. And I will not abstain absolutely from the national question.

Mostly I want to mention three writers who are on my mind: Tom McCarthy, John Banville and Sean O Riordain. But first let me mount my hobby horse; the politically correct neglect of plot promoted by Lit Crits.

By plot, I do not mean Agatha Christie conundrums. I mean a notion of necessity and choice that drives the story. The ghost in Hamlet gets right down to it from the start: "Avenge me Hamlet." After that we can't wait to see what Hamlet will do.

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