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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Five Questions: This Space

1. Why do you blog?
I used to write only reviews and essays but that always felt like a restriction. I wanted to write shorter pieces too, so blogging was ideal.

2. Which author and/or book has most influenced you?
Apparently one always represses the main influence. So while I’d say it is Gabriel Josipovici (, perhaps it is really John Carey (though I’d kill myself if it was).
As for a book: perhaps Blanchot’s The Writing of the Disaster; an influence as poetry might influence.

3. Which three blogs do you most visit?
wood s lot at:
Lenin’s Tomb at:
Ready Steady Book‘s blog at:

4. Why do you read fiction?
I never intend to read fiction as such, just as I don’t intend to dream when I go to sleep.

5. What makes you laugh?
Pompeyweb has me coughing and spluttering.

Stephen Mitchelmore blogs at This Space which can be found

One Response to “Five Questions: This Space”

  1. Robert says:

    Thanks, John. This is a really interesting series.