Thursday, 2 July 2009
LOOPS is out now. it contains a mildly edited version of the Paul Simon chapbook i made last year. the website now features extracts from things and lists of stockists, etc.
i am teaching creative writing at a summer school at the moment. i've been reading books like The Art of Fiction, talking about conflict and plotting and style.
i feel scared of fiction at the moment.
i don't know.
that isn't true.
i feel sort of excited about fiction but like it has turned into something else.
i feel like i have lost about three years of confidence, like they went somewhere accidentally.
i made a stack of books on my coffee table the other day: Victoria, Adventures in the Skin Trade, The Catcher in the Rye, No One Belongs Here More Than You, Like Life.
i looked at them and wondered what it was i liked so much about them, if there was a connecting thing, how and if i could apply that to my own writing.
i thought something like, 'novels and short stories about young people / no real problems / existential crises / relationship problems / small things / banality / etc.'
The Bird Room was recently reviewed here -- it got 3 out of 10. the reviewer didn't like the fact that it was "a dark work of run-down-to-earth twenty-something existence, populated with uninteresting characters who spend their days blandly surfing the internet for porn, dragging themselves to the bar to socialise with other monosyllabic individuals, and working in dead-end jobs which they don't even aspire to build upon."
i read that part and thought, 'that sounds good. that sounds like something i would want to read.'
i don't know.