Tuesday, October 7, 1997

Journal entry, 10/7/97 Micheal O Siadhail & Robert Tracy reading



Last night we went to hear Irish poet, Micheal O Siadhail with Robert Tracy at UC Berkeley, and a reception followed. Bob Tracy read some of his translations from Mendestahm, which were quite good (as far as I can tell).

We'd just had a marathon afternoon reconstructing Neil's paper on Brian Freel's The Artistocrats and Castle Rackrent. For some odd reason he didn't save the final draft, and in Preview, Word crashed, leaving us with an old draft. We worked furiously until 8 PM, and went to the reading late, arguing over punctuation and grammar. He laughs, I wonder if we'll be friends after this semester is over.

At the reading, we got Frank McGuinness's address in Kildare from Micheal. Gary Mullan called form LA asking for my cousin Barney O'Reilly's address. I thought of my cousin Sinead, who must be in Dublin right about now, with the baby Sean, my aunt Toddy, and Kate, none of them ever having been out of North America. I'm sorry I missed Sinead's goodbye call yesterday.

Neil's on the phone with Larry Spears who just came back from ?  Today they'll scatter Kevin Sullivan's ashes. Poor man never made it to opening night for Frank's Behold the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. A death, a near death, an extended run, a Goldie (now Sons will go to Broadway and all the guys want to fly to NY to audition and scoring Frank McGuinness's number and address was a real coup.