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
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