Monday, 10 March 2008

Interview with Paul Theroux.

The Hindu interviews Paul Theroux where he talks about travel writing, Naipaul, India among other things.

He also finds the time to dish out writing advice:
I would say: Go away from home. College doesn’t matter. But read. If you come from Chennai, go to Assam... The first thing is to go away. You need to be independent... Don’t stay home and take lessons on writing. Every night, your mother will say to you: “You are a great writer!” or “Get yourself a real job.”…

Writers associated with colleges and universities tend to have a very different career. I am not saying that it is better or worse. But it helps to go away. More precarious but, in the long run, more satisfying.

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