Monday, May 17, 2004

Maud Newton does author interviews

Maud Newton has announced that she will bedoing interviews with writers on their writing habits. I can't wait. I love to read this stuff.
Learning of a writer's methods and preoccupations makes me feel I'm that much closer to solving the puzzle of inspiration, not only in the case of that one writer, but in the world. After all, as Anita Brookner has said, "Great writers are the saints for the godless."
I remember Joyce Carol Oates making fun of this sort of thing. She asked how it could make any difference what kind of pen she uses? It probably doesn't, but for other writers or wannabe writers, this can be interesting stuff. It can also make a writer look at one's own habits and consider what works best.
In the end, though, I just find it entertaining.


Anonymous said...

I just think of it as talking shop. Fishermen, for instance, will talk shop by discussing rods, reels, baits, and so forth. I don't most of those things matter as much as the instincts and talents of the fisherman. But it's still fun to have conversations on common ground.

And pens? Yuck. I hate nothing more than having to transcribe.

Anonymous said...

Er, that last comment was me.

Anonymous said...

Cool guestbook, interesting information... Keep it UP
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