Will Self

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I think of writing as a sculptural medium. You are not building things. You are removing things, chipping away at language to reveal a living form.

William Woodard Self (born 26 September 1961) is an English satirical novelist, newspaper columnist and broadcaster.

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  • So I was smacked up on the Prime Minister's jet – big deal.
    • Interviewed by The Independent on Sunday, April 1997. [1]
  • There can be no more thrilling idea of intimacy that connecting with someone through the agency of the written word. Here we meet, on the page, naked and unadorned: shorn of class, race, gender, sexual identity, age and nationality. The reader I seek is a tautology, for he/she is simply…the person who wants to read what I have written.
I have a healthy appetite for solitude. If you don't, you have no business being a writer.
  • I have a healthy appetite for solitude. If you don't, you have no business being a writer.
  • I think of writing as a sculptural medium. You are not building things. You are removing things, chipping away at language to reveal a living form.
    • Quoted by The Guardian [4]
  • Wealth is a form of power in our society. With great power comes great responsibility. If you have too much wealth, ipso facto, you have too much power - therefore you have too much responsibility - and you're a kind of dictator.
  • Things are only boring if you are boring.
    • 'Room 101', BBC2, March 19th, 2001
  • Campaigning at a school in Enfield in 2001, Tony Blair was caught unawares by a feisty British Asian sixth-former. Suddenly this apparition arose before him, demolishing Blair's points as speedily as he tried to make them . This time around the New Labour machine haven't wanted to risk any of that. The Emperor has been ferried from Potemkin village to Potemkin hospital, and before he arrives a rigged rent-a-crowd of "ordinary people" are brought in to wave little flags. Journalists have been "embedded" - undoubtedly the cadres were hoping that these trusties would begin to sympathise with the man upon whom their jobs depended [and] they'd cease to notice how much of what he said was utter shit.
    • Psychic Geography 82 Fear and loathing on the Election trail, The Independent Magazine.

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