Following on from the link to the Henry Miller interview in my last post, I really should provide a link to the Paris Review site in general.
These extraordinary interviews with writers from the 1950s to the present day are, for the practitioner, something of a methodological resource. I love the increasingly pedantic way the interviewers try to get at the root of their subjects’ working day, and the way the writers can grow ever more evasive and irritable at trying to put into words something that to them feels irreducible. Many of them reveal themselves as quite superstitious about their methods of working, as if exposing them to clear light will disinfect what had previously been fecund and full of life. I have already mentioned the interview with Henry Miller – my other favourites are the ones with Robert Graves, Ernest Hemingway, and Lawrence Durrell. Read, and enjoy.