During the early twentieth century, Ireland began to practice a wonderful new dramatic form--politics. It was free, compelling and wild, and the Irish, with their fondness for high intrigue and low comedy, embraced it with love. This was a natural fit. Though colonized for generations, and denied formal education, the Irish had retained in their race memory the innate culture of the oral tradition. Thus they were always prepared to come out for someone who would tell a good story, play a fine tune, or act a great part.
Extraordinary passions were stoked in this theater for all, as massive figures, of uneven character and temperament, opened up the nation's soul. The country became notorious for fiercely-fought elections, fevered by noble intentions, instabilities and greed. Some of the candidates believed that they had a destiny to lead; some proffered vision; some scarcely bothered to hide their predatory intent.
Idealism being the virginity of politics, the new nation burst at the seams with young zeal. But even the most idealistic discovered to their sorrow that freedom can also do harm to our values, because democracy, our "least worst" system, takes away even as it gives. Innocence is the price of power.
Frank's latest article for Public Domain is about the marvelous artist, Eric Ravilious. Better known in the UK than on this side of the pond, some may recognize his designs for mid-century Wedgwood. But Public Domain and Frank have chosen some wonderful examples of Ravilious' fine art work, and we trust you'll enjoy the introduction. Here is the link.
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One of Frank Delaney's most endearing new projects, a series of short stories produced as e-books called, "Storytellers," began as a means of introducing his novel "The Last Storyteller," in which the character of an itinerant Irish Seanchai is central to the plot.