Tuesday, May 12, 2009

unscroll the inside of the mind

Jeanette Winterson on Italo Calvino and his Cosmicomics:

Calvino was a writer who preferred to disappear. He did not enjoy talking about himself, finding that the facts of life were a kind of Medusa's stare, as he puts it in his essay Lightness, published in 1985. He used his fiction to escape himself, and the weight of the world. This was not by any means escapism; it was his answer to the eternal question: What is reality?