Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The lady doth protest

Reality can bite back

"Why did Monica Ali's book have to be called Brick Lane? / I'm sure that the agitation against the filming is orchestrated, opportunist, philistine and fundamentalist, but that's what you get for invoking the idea of Brick Lane in the first place." (Germaine Greer)

"Shite and onions! Do you think I'll print
The name of the Wellington Monument,
Sydney Parade and Sandymount tram,
Downes's cakeshop and Williams's jam?
I'm damned if I do—I'm damned to blazes!
Talk about Irish Names of Places!
It's a wonder to me, upon my soul,
He forgot to mention Curly's Hole."

(James Joyce)


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