Vikram on being sixty: 'I’m just going to be happy to be buffeted, by whatever comes along, and then seize some things and try to work on them. But, we live for such a ridiculously short time in this life, even those of us who are fortunate to have health and all that sort of stuff…to not add being with people one loves and spending time with them – you know my parents now are eighty – so to spend time with them, and my nieces, and myself and, I hope, with someone who I can make a life with…this is as important to me as literary inspiration or [learning] Welsh or pottery.'
Hamish Hamilton novelist and poet Joe Dunthorne reminisces about his misspent gap year selling door to door in Australia in the first of a series of delightful and adventurous short documentaries called Short Cuts on BBC Radio 4. Catch it on the iPlayer
“So many of the works I admire - The Rachel Papers, Lucky Jim, White Teeth - that’s how it should be, something that overflows its boundaries. There has to be a certain amount of joy in the prose if you’re a young writer.”—Ben Masters, author of Noughties, in his Interview on Untitled Books
A great interview with Jonathan Safran Foer in the Wall Street Journal with Nicolas Rapold;
"One of the strange things about that day is, whether you were an hour out of the city or in Queens as I was, which is really 10 minutes out of the city, or in Australia, there’s a certain shared experience," said Mr. Foer, who was in Jackson Heights at the time. "There’s a way in which it’s a really global event in large part because of how witnessed it was. It was actually the most witnessed event in human history."
“With its frizzy comedy about real people emerging mournfully from an unreal place, “Wild Abandon” had me pestering my wife with favorite lines till she promised to read it. Dunthorne is best with those complications of family affection, that mingling of love and annoyance that can make you laugh and choke up even if you’ve never lived on a Welsh commune and harvested your own kale.”—A great review of Joe Dunthorne’s Wild Abandon by @RonCharles for The Washington Post (Read the review here)
‘She would always suspect that love was a kind of repulsive, debilitating madness [..] far from being the source of ultimate happiness, it was extreme unhappiness masquerading as happiness, a temporary euphoria that felt wonderful for a little while, then killed you, like freezing to death.’