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Talking to KW tonight and I said that I’m not much of a literary critic; I read like a fan. I just love stories, so reading a good one leaves me feeling very happy, not critical. When I’m engrossed in a story I’m barely even aware of what the writer is doing, beyond the spell that is being cast over me.

In fact, I can tell when I’m not enjoying a book because I begin to see what the writer is doing. I begin to see the machine beneath.

Of course, some theorists tell me it’s all machine, there is no ghost lurking in there. But that idea is an absurd French plot, devised by people who can’t write and hide the fact behind disdain.

Writing is magical: it puts a spell on me.

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