One Minute With: Raymond tallis
Friday 12 February 2010
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in Bramhall, in Stockport, looking out of my study across a valley towards the Pennines.
What are you currently reading?
A biography of De Quincey by Robert Morrison: The English Opium-Eater. It's absolutely wonderful. My opium – the opium of the people – is lager.
Choose a favourite author and say why you like her/him
Martin Heidegger. Being and Time is the greatest work of philosophy of the last century... But Heidegger also happens to be totally loathsome in the way he lived his life.
Describe the room where you usually write
A large square room with a view across the valley. It's lined from ceiling to half-way down with books, box-files, CDs and tapes.
What distracts you from writing?
Thoughts about another book I'd like to write.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
There are bits of me all over the place. But there's quite a lot of me in Joyce's Stephen Dedalus, from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses. He's the person I imagine myself to be – although I hope I wash more.
What are your readers like when you meet them?
There are two sorts. One kind is incredibly courteous and flattering about my work. Then there are those who are very combative and say I've got everything wrong.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Anton Chekhov the doctor and medical officer – the author of the report on the [convict] island of Sakhalin. He managed to be hopeful in particularly hopeless situations.
Raymond Tallis's new book is 'Michelangelo's Finger: an exploration of everyday transcendence' (Atlantic)
Will explain back story to fictional kingdom Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Chinese authorities arrest 11 people over exhuming woman’s body to sell as corpse bride
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Woman blinded as a child can see again after hitting her head on a coffee table
- 4 Paul Hollywood: Police asked if I wanted them to arrest Mary Berry for vandalism after she 'defaced' my car
- 5 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
JK Rowling's Harry Potter Halloween stories: Dolores Umbridge was based on real person she 'disliked intensely'
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Best horror films of all time
Benedict Cumberbatch describes the 'explosive' Sherlock sex scene that will never happen
Your Halloween playlist: From 'Thriller' and 'Ghostbusters' to Marilyn Manson and Eminem
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything