David Mitchell Mucking through Mud

Author David Mitchell

Image from The Guardian

From “David Mitchell, The Experimentalist” written by Wyatt Mason and published in the NY Times’ Magazine, June 21, 2010:

As an artist I think you realize that’s where art is art. I can only say it in very simple terms because it’s a very simple thing: art is about people, it’s not about experimentation.” Mitchell paused. “I was assembling a flat-pack cabinet of bewildering complexity one afternoon listening to Tom Stoppard being interviewed on the radio, and at one point he said: ‘Good God. I just realized. It’s about people. It’s not about metaphysics!’ The reason we love the books we love — it’s the people. It’s the human mud, the glue between us and them, the universal periodic table of the human condition.

I can’t bear living in this huge beautiful world,” Mitchell said, gesturing to the rolling green hills and the glittering calm sea, “and not try to imitate it as best I can. That’s the desire and the drive. But it’s maybe closer to hunger or thirst. The only way I can quench it is to try to duplicate it on as huge a scale as I can possibly do. I want to capture that,” he said, turning in a circle on the sand and gesturing beyond the beach and the hills, “all the way around the world and all the way to your home and all the way around and back. I want to do all of that here and transmit it through ink.

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