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21 October 2012 @ 04:06 pm
Interview with Author David Mitchell  
Here's a recent interview with David Mitchell in the New York Times. I had the pleasure of seeing him at Symphony Space last week, an event that reminded me how much I enjoy hearing him speak (even if he was seriously nervous).

As always, Mr. Mitchell gives pretty thoughtful responses to some basic questions. My favorite part has to be his thoughts on why we gravitate toward the fantasy genre:

"Many children are natural fantasists, I think, perhaps because their imaginations have yet to be clobbered into submission by experience. When you’re 10, there is still an outside chance that you might find Narnia behind the wardrobe, that the fur coats could turn into fir trees. The state of childhood resonates with life inside a fantasy novel. If you have no control over how you spend large chunks of your day, or are at the mercy of flawed giant beings, then the desire to bend the laws of the world by magic is strong and deep. I don’t mean that kids can’t distinguish fantasy from reality — the playground bully will clarify the matter gratis — but fantasy offers a logic to which kids are receptive, and escapism for which kids are hungry."

I also smiled that he mentions both Neil Gaiman and Ned Beauman as authors he's enjoyed. Beauman's Teleportation Accident has been on my To Buy List for 2013.