Suffering is too strong a word, but writing is...
Colm Toibin Quotes
Suffering is too strong a word, but writing is serious work. I pull the stuff up from me - it's not as if it's a pleasure.
About the author
Born: May 30, 1955
George A. Moore
We all belong to an ancient identity. Stories are the rivers that take us there.
First a piece of Irish wisdom: you should always listen to a bookie. For they have a saying, 'Money tells a good story,' and somewhere in their odds is a kind of science-fiction existentialism that decrees that we, the people, know everything. In other words, betting patterns often make for good, unconscious soothsaying.
In Other Words
To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.
For a startling period of my life, I reported the Troubles in Ireland for the BBC. I lived in Dublin and was called out to all sorts of incidents that, if taken together, add up to a war - bombings, assassinations, riots, shootings, robberies, jailbreaks, kidnappings, and sieges.
As an arts journalist in London, working mainly for the BBC, I interviewed hundreds if not thousands of authors. From them I gleaned a great deal of passing instruction in writing and I observed one fascinating detail: no two writers approach their work - physically - in the same way.
Writers have opinions - that, in part, is why they write. Therefore they have strong likes and dislikes.
I'd have to struggle to find a subject in which I can't get some kind of interested pulse started.
If you ever want to understand multitasking in prose, James Joyce is your man.
Kitchens are for conversation. They're not just for cooking; they're for conversations.
If you have a book, you have a friend.