Thursday, July 19, 2012
Mairead Hickey from Cork, Ireland. Just thirteen years old in the video. Fifteen now, and something of a big deal in Cork.
Sullivans like me are thick on the ground in Cork. Lord knows what drove us from the place. I think they made it past the whole of the famine, and then bugged out. That strikes a familiar chord. Stubborn, then mercurial.
Nulla manus, tam liberalis atque generalis, atque universalis, quam Sullivanus
No hand so liberal,
And so general and universal,
As the O'Sullivan.
America is not a people. It's an idea, one that many people share, or shared, anyway. I have trouble discerning that idea with any regularity out in the landscape recently. Sometimes the tribe calls out to me.