Summing up 2017

‘Friends’ always ask me for book recommendations as if they are going to read; and I always struggle to give them one as if I’m responsible for their time. Unless you read for a living, you are never going to be reading enough yourself and what little you are reading is likely to be personalized…

Great Waste

INTERVIEWER: Do you ever wonder what would have become of you if you had stayed in Trinidad? NAIPAUL: I would have killed myself. A friend of mine did—out of stress, I think. He was a boy of mixed race. A lovely boy, and very bright. It was a great waste. -The Art of Fiction 154, Paris Review…