The Americans call photography an art. But what I’m doing is not art. How can I talk of these photographs as art objects? These are real people. I have inhaled their suffering. Don McCullin, A Life in Photographs. Plus: Beryl Bainbridge, Michael Ignatieff, William Boyd, Eddie Limonov, Todd McEwen, Jaroslav Seifert, Doris Lessing, and others.
‘Dinner has been cleared away from the table under the mulberry tree, and she is sitting at the table with a wine glass in her hand watching the light dwindling away behind the purple leaves of the Japanese maple.’
‘My initiation into jazz later proved to have been the beginning of my decisive step into literature as well. I talked my father into buying me a tenor sax, and tried my luck with several local swing bands.’
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