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As regards literary culture, it fascinates me that it has been so resilient to the Union. For example, when T.S. Eliot wanted to become poet in these lands, it wasn't as an English poet, it was an Anglian poet he wanted to be.
By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage.
I don't hold grudges.
Novelists have to be adept at controlling the flow of information, and, most crucially, they have to be in charge of the narrative.
I apologize for being obvious, but every time I watch the curtain come down on even a halfway decent production of a Shakespeare play I feel a little sorrowful that I'll never know the man, or any man of such warm intelligence.
London in the '70s was a pretty catastrophic dump, I can tell you. We had every kind of industrial trouble; we had severe energy problems; we were under constant terrorist attack from Irish terrorist groups who started a bombing campaign in English cities; politics were fantastically polarized between left and right.
My father's drinking was sometimes a problem. And a great deal went unspoken. He was not particularly acute or articulate about the emotions. But he was very affectionate towards me.
Scientists do stand on the shoulders of giants, just as do writers. Conversely, in the arts we do make discoveries. We do refine our tools. So I am arguing with, or at least playing with, the idea that art never improves.
When I began I thought that literature was contained within a bubble that somehow floated above the world commented upon by newspapers. But I became more and more interested in trying to include some of that world within my work.
At the risk of sounding like Virginia Woolf, I could live on £700 a year.
I often don't read reviews.
I was an intimate sort of child who never spoke up in groups. I preferred close friends.
A twenty-one-year-old writer is likely to be inhibited by a lack of usable experience. Childhood and adolescence were something I knew.
I don't really believe in evil at all.
I'm quite good at not writing.
I've yet to meet somebody who said, 'Your stories are so revolting I couldn't read them.'
Oh, I've become immune to the Booker. I think we need something a little more like the Pulitzer prize, where there isn't this great race.
Politics is the enemy of the imagination.
Some people are tied to five hundred words a day, six days a week. I'm a hesitater.
I actually find novels that are determined to be funny at every turn quite oppressive.
If I could write the perfect novella I would die happy.
The moment you have children and a mortgage you want things to work; you're locked into the human project and you want it to flourish.
We overvalue the arts in relation to the sciences.
You enter a state of controlled passivity, you relax your grip and accept that even if your declared intention is to justify the ways of God to man, you might end up interesting your readers rather more in Satan.
How often one reads a contemporary full-length novel and thinks quietly, mutinously, that it would have worked out better at half or a third the length.
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