Detachment is what interests me, seeing how people couldn't have been any other way, how they were the product of forces that they had no control over.
I'm not trying to uncover the facts of my life but to discover the dramatic truth of the situations I was in.
Proust is a hero of mine. I read 'A la recherche' in one go, and I'm a very slow reader. It had an astonishing impact, reading it on my own and being my main company. I think Proust is the most intelligent person to ever have written a novel.
Well, the attractive thing about the subject of happiness is that it is notoriously difficult to write.
It's no use imagining that bringing great writers together inevitably precipitates great conversation.