Michael Murphy’s second volume of prose, The House of Pure Being, charts the author’s experiences and revelations since the release of his best-selling memoir, At Five in the Afternoon. In this sequel, he brings the inspiring stories of his women friends up to date, tackles difficult subjects like the lingering effects of cancer, and the passing of Aengus Fanning (former editor of the Sunday Independent), and writes movingly of his civil partnership ceremony to his long-time partner Terry. Michael shares his deeply insightful and unique reflections on writing, art, language, love, family and friendship, and the seductive charms of his beloved Spain. Thought-provoking and eloquent, The House of Pure Being explores the inner complexities of an exceptional writer, and in doing so, highlights the warmth and compassion of a much-admired man.
The House of Pure Being
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- “What makes Michael Murphy singular as a writer is his ability to recreate an emotional scene or event, right down to the feel of the wind on his skin . . . Michael’s poetry may well reflect the experience of many readers as they finish this startling and beautiful book.” —Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
The launch of Fergus Shanahan’s #TheLanguageofIllness, via #MicrosoftTeams, went swimmingly, all things considered. I initially went to the wrong place: like an actor going to sit in the audience, rather than waiting in the wings for their call. But after that, all was well. Sally Cudmore from #APCMicrobiome introduced; Mary Horgan, President of the #RCPI, did the honours.
There were some minor glitches – but then, you get those in real life too. But the possibilities of the new technology are legion. Hundreds of people were there – more than you’d get in even a large room – from all over the world. They could ask questions. There were no catering costs. It was at a civilised hour (at least for Europe). Best of all, you could watch it all back later: https://lnkd.in/erXbWrT
It wasn’t easy for people to buy the book (you can remedy that here: https://lnkd.in/ejx2Szn), there was no signing of copies, and old friends couldn’t be reunited – all things which make the Irish #booklaunch an institution (much like a wedding or funeral). But overall, it was less fraught than most such events I’ve been involved in over the years. We’ll be doing it again.
As #OscarWilde put it: “The value of the telephone is the value of what two people have to say.”