One Minute With: Dylan Jones, editor & writer


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Where are you now and what can you see?

I'm in Berlin, at the Condé Nast International conference, and I'm looking out the window at the Holocaust memorial.

What are you currently reading?

The new James Salter, and the Burt Bacharach memoir. I tend to read two or three books at once, and have just finished Gone Girl and a book on Elvis Presley and punk rock.

Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him

Tom Wolfe, always, for reinventing journalism, and almost reinventing the novel. I collect editions of his books, and have got over 150 of them. The Bonfire Of The Vanities remains one of my favourite novels, although his early non-fiction is dizzying.

Describe the room where you usually write

In my study, surrounded by 30 years of books, magazines and newspapers. In front of me I have an original photograph taken for the cover of Bowie's Pin-Ups by Justin De Villeneuve.

Which fictional character most resembles you?


Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?

My friend Terry Jones, the creator of i-D and one of the most influential men of his time.

Dylan Jones's 'The Eighties: One Day, One Decade' is published by Preface Books