Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, July 25, 2008
The authors' view It's not just the ordinary public who succumb to reader's block. Even writers often find they cannot get beyond a book's first few pages
Interviews by Heidi Blake, Aida Edemariam and Charlotte Northedge writing in The Guardian , Friday July 25 2008
I often go through periods when I feel a need to take stock, think and generally not read very much. My mind isn't blank, just too dense with thoughts that need untangling. How do you overcome it? Sometimes I can't "get into" any books, usually because I'm at a stage of forming a set of interests. So I feel as if nothing interests me, when in fact, I'm just growing into an interest. Forcefeeding books is as risky as forcefeeding food. One has to let the appetite arise naturally - and the constant pressure to read new prizewinning books can give one an unhealthy sense of guilt about periods when the mind is just idle - as it needs to be regularly to digest experiences.
This story is well worth reading, link here to The Guardian online.