All hope is lost for America. We should be clear about that. Because of a supreme court decision in June 2008 there will be no gun control. We will continue to use drugs and fight drugs and destroy Mexico. We will continue to deny that our military is making us and the world less safe. We will continue to believe guns makes us safer at home. We will continue to be bad environmental citizens. We will continue to believe big corporations are basically good as they invent new ways to fuck us and threaten economic collapse. The working class will continue to vote against themselves by voting republican, etc. It's a mess, and I've left. The problem is that we can't have a self-critical debate and so can't improve.
Palin can amaze in her ability to deny or be oblivious to the obvious.
I loved her tv show, which played music that sounded like kittens playing as she made nasty agressive remarks about everyone.
She was just a nasty republican trick, putting a woman on the ticket and pretending she was a maverick as she actually was a right-wing automaton.
I have that same ambivalent relationship. I feel and believe I will find my goodness and innocence through immersion in nature, believing the romantic dream, but I also know it's not true, and my novels are often about the failure of that dream, with nature offering only a mirror rather than Eden.
I think this is mostly because of the obnoxious right wing talk radio stations, which bring the level of debate so low. The right wing in America denies science and fact and just shouts.
The shooter I wrote about was libertarian and right wing, as most of the shooters have been. His political philosophy was actaully mental illness, and there's something instructive in this.
I have to admit I hate American electoral politics so much that I no longer follow. I wait until a few weeks before voting, read up and ask my friends who are political animals, and then vote. But the level of debate is so maddeningly low, and I used to get so worked up and tense and angry, I just can't do that anymore.
I think a life not listening to politicians is a better life.
So many, but Blood Meridian most of all. Really Canterbury Tales if I could go back farther.
My home now is New Zealand. I have a house there and love everything about New Zealand.
I no longer feel at home in the US and don't want to live there ever again, and I feel more European than American, since I'm there every fall, teach in England, do most my book tours there, have most my interviews and conversations, etc. I like that Europeans have a smarter and more self-critical debate.
yes, sort of, though I live in the warmest part, the far north, so more like santa barbara, california without the people
Yes, from the idea from Chekhov that the author should not judge but just try to present the full human debate.
But my books are moral anyway. In Goat Mountain, the boy gains empathy and no longer wants to kill. Dirt is a warning of how philosophy can lead to barbarity.
Haut et Court, a great French production company, are making Legend into a film (probably titled Sukkwan Island but folding in the stories, too.
We talked about wanting Michael Fassbender as the father. I think he's great.
Ben Hervey is the screenwriter, from Oxford, and he's brilliant. I've spent a lot of time with him now and am so happy he's doing it.
I think that was part of the problem, and having suicide in the title, and the odd structure with the novella framed by 5 stories.
Generic hybridization (blending different kinds of stories together) and an overall debate in style and content from which the author disappears. We have no idea what he thought about anything, but we have this rich debate.
Also for language, writing at the most beautiful time in the language and favoriing the old germanic tongue in his opening lines as well as various other stylistic tricks
I think writers have always been critical of their countries for the most part. It's part of the job, especially if you write tragedy, and it's okay if no one cares.
My next book published in English and Dutch will be Bright Air Black, about Medea, published next fall.
It's my best writing and the most literary or poetic in the language, so it wasn't going to be published. My former US publisher refused it, and other publishers have refused it also, but De Bezige Bij has been very supportive.
And my UK publisher and new US publisher and Australian publisher also very supportive
It's set 3,250 years ago and is a sympthetic and realistic portrait of her
as a destroyer of kings who wants a world not ruled by men
I would like that world. I really do want the world to be ruled by women. Much safer and better for all of us.
I love the carnival that develops when a stranger comes to town in his stories.
And how metaphor becomes literal in magical realism.
I recommend the stories that build to and include the Erendira novella.
I am in how I see and understand the world, and I had workshops with Adrienne Rich and Grace Paley and others. And 4 out of 7 books of fiction I've written are from women's points of view. But because I'm a man and really like sex, I don't believe I can ever call myself a feminist. I think the position is impossible.
I have to run now. Sorry. But thank you for all the great questions and for being so interested in my books. I've really enjoyed this.
Yes, I have read quite a few others. It's such a rich and great literature.
Bye all. Thank you again.