What Are You Like: Malachy McCourt
Malachy McCourt at 80: his wit and wisdom
On what occasions would you tell a lie?
Any time I speak. A lie to me is a dream that might come true.
What do you consider the lowest depth of misery?
To be trapped in a country run by fundamentalists and creationists who ban and burn books.
Who are your favorite writers?
P.G. Wodehouse, Sean O’Casey, H.L. Mencken, Mark Twain, Edna O’Brien.
How did you feel about the great fame that came to your brother Frank?
I always knew Frank McCourt was a great writer and his recognition was long overdue.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Pontius Pilate. He was a clean man, always washed his hands.
Who do you see as your fictional counterpart?
The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
A woman who appreciates bawdy humor and is comfortable with both men and women.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
One who is not afraid to show his love for his beloved and his family.
What is your motto?
“Live every day as if it were your last because one day you will be right.”
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