I think ideas should be flying about and banging into each other. It is a kind of energy. If you occupy static positions, then things sort of ossify.
I don't think the British carry a historical consciousness either.
All I do is read books, really. I worry about that sometimes. I don't seem to have a hobby or anything.
A truly vibrant and creative culture depends on a system of education which is not divided along class and sectarian lines.
Ulysses is the greatest anti-racist text in the English language, and it challenges right from the beginning the vicious racism which lies near the foundations of the Irish Free State and of the Irish republic.
Didn't I seize the fire of ideas and make them leap, tear, fly, sing
I always feel freelance writers are leading a heroic life. I think that is the real writer's life. On the other hand, it's good to have another job. It gives you something to do.
I'm kind of domestic, untidily so.
I wish I could write lyrical poems, but I just write the way they come.
You are either a Zionist or an anti-Zionist.
In my view the European culture carries a very heavy responsibility for the creation of Israel... it is a product of both British and Stalin's anti- Semitism, but the British never faced their own complicity in its construction.
I think protest and actions have to be organised against the Israelis and their backers. There needs to be a concerted high profile campaign to raise awareness of the people in this country.
I think attacks on civilians in fact boost morale.
I never believed that Israel had the right to exist at all.
Everyone who supports Israel is a Zionist.
Hitler bombed London into submission but in fact it created a sense of national solidarity.
I am not very moved by historical apologies.
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