Like many people, I encountered Roddy Doyle through the Barrytown trilogy - The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van - three terrific novels, and later movies, set in the same fictional working class neighborhood of Dublin, novels that do things with dialogue I hadn’t thought possible. His newest, The Guts, revisits Jimmy Rabbitte - founder of The Commitments, inventor of Irish soul music - 27 years later. His life is... complicated. Fortunately. Bliss is boring. Other people’s, anyway. It’s a joy to catch up with him.
- PERSON: his friend Joe Brady, an Irish street sweeper (not this one)
- PLACE: his classroom, Greendale Community School, Dublin
- THING: his record deck (not this one)
- RANDY'S PLACE: a website that does condolence form-letters
92Y needs your help
Many of you have asked how you can help 92Y as we face tremendous financial losses due to Covid-19. From now through June 30, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $250,000 by an anonymous donor—going twice as far in supporting 92Y. You can help sustain our beloved institution and support the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to our community. Thank you for anything you can do to help.