Successful writing is a slow daily meticulous form of mental illness.
Joseph O’Neill says there’s a transition from so called innocence to so called experience in getting into a reverie of words. He spent a year in his pyjamas writing books after a 10-15 year career in law. He’s adorably informal on stage with Michael Chabon, yawning to intervene on commentary. Obsessives return to themes and structures by writing. It’s an exhausting business mainly because a book is a counter argument to present currencies of reality.