Rev. James M. McCann, S.J.

James M. McCann

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Jesuit life; Russian and East European politics and history; international relations, especially the EU; Irish, French, German, Polish, Italian contemporary history, culture, language; Schumann, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Purcell; Alfred Brendel, András Schiff; authentic Irish music; the shanachie tradition; all things Chicago, especially South Side

Interesting Facts:
Survived ruptured appendix in the Kiev Clinical Hospital of the October Revolution in Soviet Ukraine.  Medical record stated: “Date of release from hospital or Date of death –> underline one.”  A mere youth, I was present for the extraordinary speech of Robert F. Kennedy from the back of a flatbed truck in an African-American neighborhood on the night of Martin Luther King’s assassination.  Find this gem on the Internet.

Favorite Books:
Johannes Baptist Metz, Poverty of Spirit; Andreï Makine, Dreams of My Russian Summers (even better in the original French: Le Testament français)  

Favorite Quote:
“I resent the insinuendos.”  Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, 1965