Monday, December 14, 2009
Paris Revew: Writers at Work, Volume 1
Dick Powell reading.
George Kelley mentioned this series (Paris Review-Writers at Work) last week and my university library owns most of the volumes, so I started with one.
From an interview with William Styron:
Interviewer: And what time of day do you find best for writing?
Styron: The afternoon. I like to stay up late at night and get drunk and sleep late. I wish I could break the habit but I can't. The afternoon is the only time I have left and I try to use it to the best advantage with a hangover.
The interviewer responds by next asking if he uses a notebook!!!!
We are all familiar with the problems of alcohol and writing. But with Styron, it turned out to be depression (Darkness Invisible) as it did for Carver, Cheever, Faulkner, Fitzgerald and so many others.
Lying in bed is difficult for someone who's depressed. You put it off-those hours when you are in the dark with yourself. Dark thoughts....so you medicate yourself with booze or drugs or both. Finding your way out of this chasm through writing is possibly a solution, or possibly contributes to the disease.
Any thoughts. Are there writers who are the sanest gals/guys on the block? How many writers are insomniacs too?