‘Places sitting at the edges of the world are often destroyed in the name of so-called development.’
‘Even if you move to the other side of the world, and even if you don’t speak for years or decades, your family is always going to be a part of you.’
‘I wanted her to be a pit bull.’
‘Who should write memoirs? I have the not-entirely-serious and absurdly restrictive idea that only morally extraordinary people could write them honestly without much shame’
‘I’ve always wanted to write from the gut, to write instinctively rather than cerebrally.’
‘It's uncomfortable, at times, to be alive, so I see no reason why a voice in fiction shouldn't be also.’
‘This disaster has been going on for decades. I want to protest against this as loudly as I can through photography.’
‘The past has never been as present as it is now in the world. But at the same time, all over the world, the determination to manipulate what we know has also never been stronger.’
‘Sometimes all a story needs is an interesting, clearly defined confusion.’
‘I think there’s something seductive and liberating about the way you can create shadowy characters in a poem.’
‘I don’t think of music and narrative as being mutually exclusive – some of my poems ARE narrative, and are as ‘sound-driven’ as the lyrics.’
Yuka Igarashi talks to Tao Lin about sense of place within the novel Taipei, his online presence and abstraction and metaphor in his writing.
Charles Simic is one of today's most prolific poets. He speaks with poetry editor Rachael Allen about poetic movements, simple dishes and tragicomedy.
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