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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 (http://www.gabrieljosipovici.org), 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: http://web.ncf.ca/ek867/wood_s_lot.html
Lenin’s Tomb at: http://www.leninology.blogspot.com/
Ready Steady Book‘s blog at: http://www.readysteadybook.com/Blog.aspx

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
here: http://this-space.blogspot.com/

One Response to “Five Questions: This Space”

  1. Robert says:

    Thanks, John. This is a really interesting series.