On ‘Who Needs Anything Anymore?’

Singapore Air Force flying over Western Australia, 11 April 2020

I have published a piece on Medium titled Who Needs Anything Anymore? — about writing, reading and technology during the pandemic. This piece has existed in various incarnations for almost 12 months now, and, maybe tellingly, no where has been especially interested in publishing it. But I really wanted it out of my head and removed from my writing path, so it was either here or Medium.

Now, I’m clearly 5-6 years late to Medium, and trawling through the stories it looks like it’s overrun with bitcoin, wellness and conspiracy theory content. Possibly I’ll regret putting it there, but I’m curious to see if it finds any sort of audience. We’re all online more than ever, but online publishing feels increasingly like shouting into the void — also sort of the point of the piece.

On ‘Fiction as seduction’

Anne Serre interviewSo here’s that other thing I hinted at in the post on my review of The Fool: my interview with French writer Anne Serre has been published by Asymptote.

Fiction as Seduction is part five of my eight questions with writers series. Won’t go into too much detail but I’ve done the work on way more than five interviews, they just haven’t quite worked out… Anne was an absolute delight to work with.

With thanks to Sarah.