There has been a lot of talk on blogging lately in literature. It was a big topic in the Q&A part of Martin Edmond’s reading I attended at Massey and it was also the subject of one of the sessions at the recent Christchurch Writers Festival. So I was thinking of the writers I’d love to read if they had a blog – a bit like those “ultimate dinner party guest” questions. Almost instantly I thought of Gregory O’Brien and David Eggleton.
And then today I found (again via Graham Beattie’s blog) Greg O’Brien’s reflections on New Zealand arts and letters from this year’s Janet Frame Memorial Lecture. It is a wonderful piece of writing (read it!!) and there are so many bits I could quote but one section talked of the reasons that perhaps I thought of the two writers above “For better or worse, I have spent most of the last twenty years happily sitting on the fence between visual arts and writing, trying to keep up with the traffic both ways. ” – a mirror of my own interests.
Another thing which I found interesting and inspiring was “Ezra Pound once said to the young critic Hugh Kenner, ‘You have an obligation to visit the great men [and women] of your own time.’ “ and O’Brien’s talk of visiting with some “big names” but he “never thought of those authors as the Establishment—they were living ingredients that Literature had passed down to my generation“. So I’ve been thinking it would be good to talk to artists some more. After all, I’ve found my discussions with writers to be ‘soul food’. and as O’Brien writes “Literature is a life lived”
And now of course I am musing about the ultimate New Zealand Arts and Literature dinner party (limit 8 guests). Suggestions of past or present participants in the comments would be great fun.