Moment of the week Tóibín the teacher
Presented by John Kelly, The
Reading List ( RTÉ Radio 1, Tuesday) looks at lesser-known literary classics in the company of other writers. Last week’s edition is the best yet, focusing on Another
Country, James Baldwin’s 1962 novel about race and sexuality. Novelist Colm Tóibín shows he is also an astute critic and a vivid teacher of literature. It helps that he has a good repartee with his host, as when Tóibín stresses the importance of African-Americans in US culture. “If you remove jazz, what do you have?” Tóibín asks. “Line dancing,” comes Kelly’s droll reply.