Thursday August 13th 2015
well be time for your writer of pulp to re-interview
himself. Ask the probing questions, come away with more
sensible answers than last time he interviewed himself.
Interview. In the world there's an assumption that
an interview is between two people. The idea of self
interviewing lacks gravitas, sort of weak minded, and
kind of sad. What sort of probing questions can a person
possibly ask themselves? And at the same time what sort
of probing questions, don't already have a series of
possible answers? "Why do you write?" "It's cheaper than
going to the dentist."
There is an
argument which suggests that writing is a self interview.
Whether or not we think in words and sentences is an area
others might have to deal with, my own view is that "Yes we
do!" But those words and sentences are long way from being
written words and sentences. And indeed, in the course of my
time upon earth I have written a great many sentences which
two hours later make no sense whatsoever. This I'd argue is
the essence of a self interview, and at the same time it's
kind of the essence of writing. What's inside and what's
outside will always be two different things. And sometimes
it's tempting to go to the dentist where you can ask someone
else to interview you. Come home shiny-toothed and a great
deal poorer. I think they're called workshops.