Wordplay: Ian McEwan’s thoughts on writing about love

Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan

In this video from Aero Gramme Writers’ Studio, Ian McEwan discusses writing about love, in fiction:

“It’s very difficult to do happiness in novels in a sustained way.”

In this video recorded by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art earlier this year, Ian McEwan reflects on making romantic love work in fiction, the amazing evolution of the novel as a genre, and the mature writer as a toddler of old age.

Ian McEwan has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize six times, winning the prize in 1998 for Amsterdam. His most recent novel, Sweet Tooth, was published in 2012.

Check it out.

Thought: Let it bleed…

Ran into a friend who mentioned she admires Derrick Jensen, and that she has this on a stickie on her computer:

“Writing is really very easy. Tap a vein and bleed onto the page. Everything else is just editing.”
Derrick Jensen

Kinda reminds me of what Arlo Guthrie says:

“Song-writing’s just kinda like catching fish–you sit there and pull them out as they go by – though I think it helps to be upstream from Bob Dylan.”

Another angle: Worldview, with Steven Wright, from the second mouse

Steven Wright
Steven Wright

If you haven’t met Canadian comic & philosopher Steven Wright, it’s about time you did. To make it easy, here’s a primer on the way he sees things, in his words:

All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.

OK, so what’s the speed of dark?

How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

Support bacteria – they’re the only culture some people have.

When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy. Read more “Another angle: Worldview, with Steven Wright, from the second mouse”