~ Edmund De Waal, again in the FT
~ Rowan Williams on Eric Gill on Jacques Maritain
I mean, readers are always disappointed when you talk about your work. You have to say to them, ‘Look, you’re talking about work you may love… I’m talking about work that I loathe…’ It’s nothing to do with me any more. Really, it has nothing to do with me…. There is the odd sentence that I think, ‘Well, that’s quite nice.’ I can’t say in all honesty that it’s as if it was written by somebody else, but it was written by a different version of myself, and in a way, it’s more radical, because the selves we leave behind are more strange to us than strangers.
~ John Banville, in the Financial Times
~ Jane Hirshfield