One minute with... Jon Ronson, Author and film-maker
Saturday 06 October 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm on the train to Manchester. I can see a woman sitting on her own muttering angrily at her computer screen.
What are you currently reading?
I'm re-reading Kurt Vonnegut's 'Slaughterhouse Five'. There's a Vonnegut bot on twitter that tweets one-liners, reducing them to Hallmark aphorisms. So it's nice to be reminded that he was actually great.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
Raymond Carver. The reason why can be summed up in a line from his introduction to 'Where I'm Calling From'. I'm paraphrasing: "Nothing pierces the heart with such force as a full stop put in just the right place."
Describe the room where you usually write
I've just moved to a new one, the Upper West Side in New York. I've got a cross trainer and a sofa and my desk with a computer on it.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Michael Owen from Jonathan Coe's novel, 'What A Carve Up'. A journalist getting so lost in the maze of writing his epic biography, he begins to lose his sense of reality.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
I am a great fan of Randy Newman.
Jon Ronson's latest book, 'Lost At Sea', is published by Picador
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Katie Hopkins gives rare glimpse of sensitive side with heartfelt open letter to her children penned in case she dies from epilepsy
- 2 Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils