"I don’t have any rules or principles."


Colm Toibin, author of The Blackwater Lightship among many other prize-winning novels, has given a very strange interview to The Manchester Review. For example:

What do you enjoy most about your life as a writer?
The money. I never knew there would be money. It is such a surprise. And I like not having to leave the house in the morning. Yes, the money.

Is there nothing else you enjoy about your life as a writer?
It is not for enjoyment. It has nothing to do with enjoyment. I like selling foreign rights, but that feeling would last no longer than 20 minutes.

That soundbite is getting a lot of attention, to be sure, but the entire article is deadpan and hilarious. Read the whole story here.–David E