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Jan 24, 2007

Andrei Codrescu -- from "Smoke-free Easy?"

"Codrescu_andrei The next bastion of die-hards to go down was Dublin. If somebody’d asked me what the last place was where smokers would rather face a firing squad then surrender, I’d have said Dublin. The Irish are big talkers and big whiskey drinkers. Those things I’d have thought inconceivable without cigarettes. The history of modern Ireland, with all its literature and terrorists would have disappeared without cigarettes. Without cigarettes, Ireland would have been Holland. But down they went, the Dubliners, followed into health and the 21st century by the ironic and wistful gaze of Mr. Joyce."

--excerpt from Smoke-Free Easy by Andrei Codrescu.  Audio link here -> Smoke-free Easy, text link here-> Smoke-Free Easy.

I heard this essay tonight in one of my too-rare stumblings upon his commentary at NPR.  Codrescu and his Romanian accent are so brilliant, he makes English a better language (though I didn't much care for his movie Road Scholar). 

NPR has many of his commentaires online.  Click here for his thoughts on the moustache in modern day.  I'm thinking of a shave.  He's not helping my decision.

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surprisingly staid pic from his faculty profile at LSU's Department of English web page.

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Comments

I completely agree. For some reason, I love to hear him talk. He has some fantastic commentary, but the voice, above all else, commands my full attention every time.

Posted by: Adam Schultz | Jan 24, 2007 11:25:32 PM

I've never heard him speak or read his writings, but any non-native speaker who can do my language justice (like Nabokov or Conrad) -- well, my hat's off to 'em.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Jan 25, 2007 2:22:01 AM

I love to hear him talk too, and I was happy to hear his piece on NPR the other day. I imagine if I read any of his books I would read them with his voice in my head, as I do with David Sedaris's books.

I would love to get an MA in English and have him as my advisor, but I don't really want to go to LSU.

Posted by: minty | Jan 26, 2007 2:28:13 PM