In conversation, [Banville] he gave insights into the process of writing: always, he says, in longhand "with a fountain pen on paper that offers resistance. The computer is much too fast." The idea of resistance is important to him: a writer must resist self, resist the easy path, resist the power of language to take over and write itself. Instead, the words must be pulled into line, to create what he regards as mankind's greatest invention: the sentence.He also had a few provocative things to say about good writing. "There is a perception that writers are interested in the world, in observing, and collecting characters. Maybe that is true of second-rate writers, but the true artist is only interested in what is inside his or her own head."
Monday, August 21, 2006
What caught my eye in this article (yes, yes, finally John Banville reappears!)