“I wanted to write about the feeling of life. Not life as an intellectual process, or a concept, but as a feeling.”

July 9, 2012 | 3

Tom Murphy, arguably Ireland’s greatest living playwright, joins The Paris Review for an interview about his life, his influences, and his rage.

is an intern for The Millions. He is currently studying English and Russian at Columbia University.


  1. Kati, your comment perfectly explains the need for the prescient “arguably” in Matt’s sentence — this coming from a man who laughed so heartily at The Lieutenant of Inishmore that I thought I’d be removed from the theatre.

  2. I would debate the legitimacy of “arguably” in any case other than how you define McDonagh’s nationality. What a pugilistic adverb.

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