Thursday, October 29, 2009
The L Magazine says that I "will have none of your teachable moments." Well, you know, I suppose I'm sort of stubborn.
What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
The ideal interaction is between the reader and the book—and does not involve the writer. It worries me that books are becoming calling cards for the writer as celebrity. If celebrity as an end is so important, then why should any of us bother writing books at all? It takes a long time to write a thoughtful novel—a lot of solitary, inward thinking time. This has nothing to do with the artist up on a stage at a later date "standing for something," and using his work or life as a "teachable life moment." We are too hungry for gurus.