Anne Enright reads Frank O’Connor’s short story ‘The Masculine Principle’ on the New Yorker podcast. Good story, read excellently, but worth it most of all for details of a satirical letter Maeve Brennan sent anonymously to the New Yorker giving details of her supposed suicide on the altar of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Funnier than it sounds.
I saw Kevin Barry read the first few pages of his novel Beatlebone at Imagining Home: The Literary Imagination. It was one of the better readings I’ve ever seen, not that the evening was short of them, with Anne Enright reading from the climax of The Green Road, Colm Tóibín from The Heather Blazing and John Banville from a biography of Roger Casement. Nevertheless, Barry’s selection was the one most easily categorised as a performance; he do the police in different voices. So I was happy when I saw that Barry read a Brian Friel short story for the New Yorker Fiction podcast. It, it meaning the story, Barry’s performance and the post-story discussion, is very good.