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Your evening longread: Author Paul Auster on the question 'why write?'

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EVERY WEEK, WE bring you a round-up of the best longreads of the past seven days in Sitdown Sunday.

And now, every weeknight, we bring you an evening longread to enjoy which will help you to escape the news cycle. 

We’ll be keeping an eye on new longreads and digging back into the archives for some classics.

Why write?

Paul Auster asks ‘why write?’ and answers using examples from his own life.

(The New Yorker, approx 16 mins reading time)

He had to have been all of twenty-four years old, but I couldn’t bring myself to pronounce his first name. His response to my question was brusque but amiable. “Sure, kid, sure,” he said. “You got a pencil?” He was so full of life, I remember, so full of youthful energy, that he kept bouncing up and down as he spoke. I didn’t have a pencil, so I asked my father if I could borrow his. He didn’t have one, either. Nor did my mother. Nor, as it turned out, did any of the other grownups.

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