Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ruskin Bond interview

Q:Did you ever feel demoralised as a writer?

A:Yes, about 20-30 years ago, when I felt that my writing wasn’t being appreciated. But in the last few years, my readership has grown.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

1Q84 Cover unveiled

The English translation of Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 is yet to hit the market - oh, how long I've been waiting for the book - but the cover of the US edition of the translation is just out.(Via Literary Saloon). And I like it.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

IMHO U R GR8: Texting in literature

It is the relentless onward march of the texters, the SMS (Short Message Service) vandals who are doing to our language what Genghis Khan did to his neighbours eight hundred years ago.

They are destroying it: pillaging our punctuation; savaging our sentences; raping our vocabulary. And they must be stopped.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thirtieth anniversary of Alasdair Gray's Lanark

When Alasdair Gray published his novel Lanark thirty years ago, Anthony Burgess had these words: It was about time Scotland produced a shattering work of fiction in the modern idiom. This is it. The first major Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott.

The thirtieth anniversary of the novel is being celebrated now.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Hanif Kureishi on the art of writing

The piece of writing I usually most enjoy doing is inevitably the thing I'm not supposed to be doing, so it can seem illicit. I like to work on something over a long period, returning to it repeatedly, adding, subtracting and altering, and taking advice from editors and friends, until I can't bear to look at it, which is when I guess it's done. Writing is highly labour intensive. It takes a lot of time – and much patient toleration of boredom, frustration and self-loathing – to achieve anything. Then you try to sell something to the world it doesn't know it needs.

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