Episode 52 - David Gates: Part 3


Part 3 of David Gates' conversation with This Writing Life starts with a discussion of 'story' - how Gates writes them and how people tell them (and how Gates writes about people telling them).

  •  is Gates as self-destructive as his characters?
  • 'I am now enacting a wild moment'
  • Virginia Woolf's sly sense of humour
  • Gates other literary obsessions: Barthelme, Wodehouse, Rex Stout (yes, Rex Stout)
  • first person, third person - Gates and narrative
  • 'Banishment': writing from a woman's point of view
  • Gates' (former) shrink on self-portraits in his work
  • 'I like existence. I don't really know what the alternative is'
  • weather, winter and writing

Part 4 (of 5) to follow.

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