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The Best of Myles by Myles na gCopaleen
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it was amazing

Mind-blowing. It consists of a few hundred extracts from a daily column in the Irish Times, mainly from the 1940's I would guess, supposedly written by a fictitious character (Myles na gCopaleen)who is an omniscient polymath with authoritative views on every possible subject (it was actually written by Brian O'Nolan, who was better known as his pseudonym Flan O'Brien). The language is dazzling, as are the amazingly inventive subjects. Some of the contemporary references mean absolutely nothing to me, and that takes the edge off some of the extracts, but overall it is brilliant. Myles made me realise that fiction is just that- fiction, so as the author make up everything, including your name, your personality, your expertise, your publishing record, the reviews of your books- the lot!
You read about authors who spend three months researching the spark-plugs on a jumbo jet so they can write a realistic paragraph about them in Chapter 98 of a thriller- make-it up! If Myles were writing today he'd announce that he was suing Boeing for patent infringements relating to sintered ceramics with tungsten nano-inserts, and that he'd had to develop a special asymmetric magnetic oscillator to 'settle' the nano-particles in the atomic lattice in order to eliminate harmonic stress transients, or even transient stress harmonics, and it would all be made up but it would still all sound convincing because it was written by someone with such an amazing gift for words.
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