This is my first year of being self-employed, being my own boss, and it's resulted in more reading time! Here are my favourite reads of 2018 so far... Skagboys by Irvine Welsh I read a few Irvine Welsh books years ago and loved them all. In December, I finally got round to watching Trainspotting 2, … Continue reading From Welsh to Gaiman: Great Reads of 2018 (so far…)
In my opinion, writing is the foundation of human culture. As one of the earliest means human beings created to launch their thoughts into the future, there would be no cultures on this planet today without writing. However, writing is no longer the sole means of spreading stories and knowledge. With the 20th century advent of film and television, the idea of telling stories through writing is perhaps even the most archaic form of writing today. However, there’s a magic that still exists, for me at least, in a written story. I remember as a younger man thinking that I wanted to develop a form of writing that couldn’t translate to film, that had to be read to be understood. I wanted to expose what language alone is capable of being. It’s an internal experience rather than an external experience. That’s what I want to capitalize on in the stories I tell: the fact that they exist solely in the space between my mind and the reader’s. And therein, for me, lies the current cultural value of writing—that space between the writer’s mind and the reader’s and how it allows one person to comprehend another’s unmediated, unadulterated thoughts. There’s no actor to interpret. There’s no vision to see. There’s only one mind reaching out to another.
He also wrote a truly excellent novel, The Adversary's Good News, which I reviewed a while back.