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October 30, 2007


Bernard Brandt

Dear Fr. O'Leary (or, as they say where I come from, "Father, bless!):

Thank you for this brilliant insight into the writing style of Samuel Beckett, and into Irish life of the '30's through '50's. It is always a pleasure to read your weblog, even on those occasions when I disagree with your conclusions.

I have noted that you have done very good work as regards travel literature in your weblog, and I particularly like your point of view from your recent trip to Russia. I realize that you are "in medias res" as regards Japan, as you have lived there some time. I was wondering if you have lived there long enough to "see the mountain again" (a not so subtle reference to the japanese poem

"First, there is a mountain.
Then there is no mountain.
Then there is."

[rather a pity that Donovan Leitch copped that one!])

Regardless of whether you decide to write about your life in Japan, thank you again for your literary, philosophical, and theological insights. It is always a pleasure to come to your website.

Reply: Thanks for your kind remarks -- yes, I would indeed like to write about Japan, but where does one begin? JSOL

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