9 thoughts on “EWWC – CHINA MIEVILLE — Will the novel remain writers' favourite narrative form?

  1. hey. China… i Guerilla edited Perdido Street Station in mental hospital 🙂
    i took out alot of the anger, and violence 🙂
    and made it my strange and humorous 😀

  2. woo, he's advocating a basic guaranteed income!  "how about if future novelists were to get a salary?"

  3. One has to be able to get up and walk away from every discussion that is a waste of time, to leave behind the boundlessly stupid heads and to walk out and into the open air and leave everything connected with these worthless self-aggrandising discussions behind, one must have the strength and the courage and the relentlessness even towards oneself, to leave all these ridiculous, dim-witted people behind and breathe free, breathe out what's been left behind and breathe in something new, one must abandon these useless social agglomerations, banded together for their inevitable dim-witted purposes, and see that everything that is rotten is self-evident in these conversations is evident in these awful people, one must break away so as not to become one of these unfailingly awful and self-promoting people, one must break away to get back to oneself, and find peace and light in oneself, one must have the courage to break away from such company, one must break off every one of these unspeakably stupid conversations, break away and walk away from these promotional fiascos from which nobody benefits, at the right moment we must get up and leave such gatherings, and such a rising up and going away must be a daily occurence, and always we leave behind a society that repels us, because these stupid conversations serve no purpose, all they do is weaken us.

    #EWWC #EIBF #writersconference  

  4. Great talk 🙂 one of the phrases I liked the most was this one at 25:36 by China Mieville:

    "What if most fiction is, at best, moderately important? What if it is so vague and culturally drivel-some, and so mediated by everything else once the culture industry extrudes it through a writer-shaped nozzle, that our stern declarations about subversive literature are, mostly, kind of adorable?"

  5. The African guy is Ben Okri. He's one of the most prominent and intelligent writers in the room.

  6. how democratic is that, that I can skip the Chinesse girl or the african guy to listen to other guys who have something relevant to say… i'd like to do the same with novels, skip the boring parts but not lose the sense of the plot

  7. Censorship sucks! This was a great talk!

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