Category Archives: Reading

Alan Moore on the appeal of writing comics (The New Yorker)

“The reason I liked comics was that nobody else did, because it was completely unsupervised…I was given a chance to sneak up on culture by some sort of back door.” — Alan Moore quoted in A Party in a Lunatic … Continue reading

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Vahni Capildeo on the impossibility of herding readers (Poetry Spotlight)

Poetry Spotlight: I wonder if you could tell us a bit more about the process of reaching the final order of the book, and how important do you feel the ordering of poems is to how a reader experiences a … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan on folk (Chronicles)

Folk music was a reality of a more brilliant dimension. It exceeded all human understanding, and it called out to you, you could disappear and be sucked into it. I felt right at home in this mythical realm made up … Continue reading

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Dorothea Lasky on poetry and education

I’ve always deeply blamed our education system, because I do think there’s elitism at play that wants to make not only poetry, but all the arts very specialised past a certain point of development. Certainly in high school only the … Continue reading

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Tony Kushner on the incomplete, imperfect illusion of theatre (Paris Review)

In a film like Avatar the illusion is almost inescapable, almost all encompassing, and it’s certain that, as we proceed into the future, cinematic illusion is becoming even more so. The flat projection screen is already a kind of archaic … Continue reading

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Alan Garner on creativity

In 1966 […] I was reading graffiti in the waiting room at Alderley Edge Station. One, done in chalk, was: “Janet Heathcoat = Alan Flask. It is true.” Somebody had added, in silver lipstick, without punctuation or a capital letter: … Continue reading

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