One minute with: Paul Harding, novelist
Friday 30 August 2013
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in my study in Massachusetts. I can see the viburnum tree and the birds blipping around in it, and the sunny lawn beyond.
What are you currently reading?
'The Ambassadors', by Henry James; 'Wallace Stevens's Selected Poems'; 'A Memoir of Ralph Waldo Emerson', by James Eliot Cabot; passages in Karl Barth's 'Church Dogmatics'.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you admire her/him
Right now I'm under the spell of Henry James and his sublime renderings of the nuances of consciousness.
Describe the room where you usually write
I can and do write almost anywhere – hotels, planes, broom closets, the gutter. When I can, I write in my study, which is a by-the-book old fashioned place with built-in bookcases and wood panelling.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
Who's that lazy guy in Goncharov's book: Oblomov? He's too much of a sybarite, I guess. But I resemble whoever likes to lie around on the couch.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
I am especially in love with the jazz drummer Elvin Jones.
Paul Harding's new novel is 'Enon' (Heinemann)
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