Monday, August 31, 2015


Flann O'Brien wrote stories in which the characters were generally in revolt against their author, sometimes to the point of planning to kill him. One of his avatars – Brother Barnabas – apparently died at the hands of his creations I can't say that has been anything like my experience. My characters worry about me, and sometimes offer to lend me advice or small sums of money. I have overheard them, wishing I understood them more profoundly, or wrote better, but they seem more wistful than bitter.

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