A Conversation Between Aesop’s Founder Dennis Paphitis and Editor Lorin Stein
What is it about Roberto Bolaño’s writing that captivates you most?
Great writers, by definition, do lots of things well. I love Bolaño’s irony, his strange flights of lyricism, the vivid atmosphere of his books. You can’t read him without getting lost in his world. I love his dialogue, I love the way his narrators lose the thread. Most of all, he seems always to be in the grip of his story—even when he doesn’t understand quite where the story is going, or what it means. He believes in what he writes.
If William Faulkner were with us and knocked on your door tomorrow, where in your neighbourhood would you direct him for a whiskey?
We stock our own bar for just such occasions. He wouldn’t be the first writer who turned up out of the blue. But if I bumped into Faulkner on the street, I would take him to the back terrace at the Bowery Hotel. It’s supposed to be haunted—so he might see someone he knew.
In Japanese, tsundoku means, “the act of buying books and not reading them, leaving them to pile up.”
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I like drinking coffee alone, and reading alone.
I like riding the bus alone, and walking home alone.
It gives me time to think, and set my mind free.
I like eating alone, and listening to music alone.
But when I see a mother with her child, a girl with her lover, or a friend laughing with their best friend, I realize that even though I like being alone, I don’t fancy being lonely. The sky is beautiful, but the people are sad. I just need someone who won’t run away.