Literary Birthday – 23 February – Joseph O’Neill


Happy Birthday, Joseph O’Neill, born 23 February 1964

Six Quotes

  1. If what you want to do is write, then it’s madness not to do it.
  2. The greater the novel, the more it is apt to embody the special, non-replicable properties of the written medium.
  3. We are in the realm not of logic but of wistfulness, and I must maintain that wistfulness is a respectable, serious condition. How, otherwise, to account for much of one’s life?
  4. Novel-writing is a bit like deception. You lie as little as you possibly can.
  5. I certainly want to continue to write in a way that’s intimate. I love books where you feel you’re having a romance with the writer.
  6. Publication is almost certainly a punishment for having written a book.

Joseph O’Neill is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer. His novel Netherland was awarded the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

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by Amanda Patterson

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