September 8, 2011
Jason Holmes has a very good piece about Howard Jacobson over on Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jason-holmes/howard-jacobson-a-serious_b.... I like the bit about rabbis and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and am particularly delighted by the suggestion that JG Ballard deserves to be bracketed with Ben Elton. You can just imagine what delight The Finkler Question gave to someone in my position and this is a great interview with Jacobson. I like his saying: "When I was younger I was always trying desperately to be a novelist in my head, but I never wrote anything until...I was 40. I wanted to write, but couldn't. I tried to write inappropriate things." Although in my case, it isn't novels that I haven't written. There's a long list of screenplays that I've not-written before the possibility of not having written any novels might enter the equation.