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Here's a great interview with Will Self about his writing style etc...


here are my favourite excerpts :

What made you want to write when you were starting out?

There can be no more thrilling idea of intimacy that connecting with someone through the agency of the written word. Here we meet, on the page, naked and unadorned: shorn of class, race, gender, sexual identity, age and nationality. The reader I seek is a tautology, for he/she is simply exactly the person who wants to read what I have written, and in this sense writing is a paradigm for the greatest of intimacy. Oh yes, there's the fame shit too, and swaggering around in a silk suit and having your catamite buff your toenails - I went for all that too.

What makes you write now?

The same things that always have: it's my way of mediating the world as I see it around me. Megalomania: I like the sensation of creating a tiny world that I alone control. Control freakery: it allows me to be in a place that is mediated by rituals of my own devising. Poetry: the delight of experiencing thought as words and words as thought. Oh, and it's what I do for a living. I've been doing it for most of my working life now and would be unemployable in any other field.

What good advice was given to you when you were starting out?

Never worry about people stealing your ideas. If you're any good you'll have plenty more - whereas if they have to nick yours they'll never have any of their own, so pity them.

What advice would you give to new writers?

Think long and hard about whether this is what you really want to do. A book is published every 40 seconds in the world. It's very difficult to garner readers. The serious writers (you know what I mean) in Britain, who can earn their entire living from their books, you could comfortably fit in a modest cocktail party.
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(i was inspired and bored at work..)and this was originally posted on the board at comeallwithin.co.uk

From the desk of our esteemed (he used to play when tries were scored differently) Rugby Correspondent - Charlie Scrumm-Downe

“The Refrigerator sends a chill down Rugby Union’s Spine.”

It appears that the rampant silly season speculation in the transfer market has borne some fruit at last.

William “The Refrigerator” Perry, outhouse-sized star of the classic Eighties Gridiron team, the Chicago Bears is poised to make a summer move to London Harlequins (XV man code) Plc. Inc. Pty. Ltd.

Speaking from his management eyrie at the top of the mile-high South Stand International Conference centre and Health Spa (and soon to be Heathrow Terminal 6) Harlequins Supremo Marc Evans said,

“All of the team at Harlequins are extremely excited that Mr Perry is joining us. We believe that this is a groundbreaking move for Rugby Union in general and will bring much needed attention to the game in London.

We saw the increase in season ticket sales at Cardiff after their signing of Jonah Lomu and thought we can do that too.

We are of course aware that “The Fridge” hasn’t played professional sport since the battle royal at Wrestlemania 2 in 1986 but the coaching team are convinced that he has something valuable to add to the Harlequins brand both on and off the field.”

Standing 6'2" (188 cm) tall and weighing as much as 370 lbs. (168 kg) in his prime, “The Fridge” is short of match fitness and currently weighs a shade more than this.

Andy Friend, first team coach at Quins said,

“We are unsure whether to utilise William’s particular strengths at centre or number eight, and think that we might ‘mix things up’ a bit to keep the opposition guessing. For example, we may choose to play him on the wing in our pre-season game against the Ospreys to ask questions of Shane William’s defensive abilities.”

Harlequin’s Director of Rugby Dean Richards noted at the press conference to announce the signing that,

“Looking for talent outside of Rugby of either code seemed like a natural progression in our forward thinking approach at Harlequins. I was originally targeting the Mongolian-born East Yokozuna, Asashoryu for tight head prop as a way of countering the threat of Sale’s Andy Sheridan but the Japan Sumo Federation blocked the move.”

Speaking from the office of his South Carolina based Construction Company Mr Perry said

“I feel that the desire to win in sport is something that you never lose. I can see myself regaining match fitness quickly with the support of the professional back room team at Quins and making a big impact on rugby union in general. Let’s face it I am only a couple of years older than Gareth Llewellyn and he’s right at the top of his game”.

Mr Perry would not be drawn on whether he intends to stay in London for the full three year residency period in order to become available for selection for England. His granny did once get a postcard from Auchtermuchty so he might yet turn out at Murrayfield.


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