Michael Robertson Moore
Born in San Francisco under the sign of Aquarius and the first quarter moon in the winter before the Summer of Love.
French American Bilingual School 1972 - 1977
Amoral Romantic Anarchist
What she said, sort of:
"I haven't written that much first-person stuff. A Book of Migrations is personal in a lot of ways. Through my mother I have Irish citizenship. Of course, the great key figure for thinking about wandering in Ireland is Leopold Bloom, which I loved. When I went to Ireland, people would ask me if I was Irish, and I'd say, 'Half,' and what does it mean to be half of an identity? And they'd say, 'What's the other half, then?' and I'd say, 'Russian Jew,' and they'd just kind of look at me like I was some kind of exciting sea monster or something, because identity is so much more stable in that very homogenous, very Catholic, very old country. And they'd say, 'Which religion were you raised in, then?' And I'd say, 'Neither,' and they'd look at me and say, 'You mean you're nothing?' with this kind of thrill of horror at the idea. So, I got tired of that after a while, and I just told everyone I was Jewish, and that took care of that."
"It's a funny thing, because I've always said that I'm Jewish to Christians, and Christian to Jews, that my identity in some sense is the other side of whatever side the person regarding me is on. And I think that that's a burden at times, if you want to fit in, but I think it's also a gift. Here we get into a kind of Buddhist paradox, being neither Jewish nor not Jewish, if that makes sense."