“Writing is not pleasure. It’s just not. And you’re pulling things up from the depths of memory and feeling that should really be left alone. Most people leave them alone for very good reasons. They should be left alone. […] And the imagination is this haunted house, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re writing down the first time or rewriting, you’re working with that all the time, and that is not pleasure. And maybe some people get pleasure from it, but I would call it pain.”
Colm Tóibín at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, on the emotional possibilities of the simplest phrases, pleasure and writing, and how to pronounce László Krasznahorkai’s name.