"Robert Wyatt spoke passionately with Simon Reynolds about what music means to him. "I'm doing the thing that gives me a reason to live", he said. "I'm not doing it to change people's minds, I'm doing it to feel less lonely": a powerfully expressed sentiment Beethoven, Hot Chip and indeed practitioners in every art form would have surely understood." - at the Hay Festival
"Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness
"From Dickens to Winnie the Pooh, food, glorious food seems to be ubiquitous in all types of literature. Which books get your tastebuds flowing?... Why is it that so many books are about hunger, the little empty space inside, physical or emotional?"
"As the snows have sunk deep into my bones these past few days and I write from a swathe of blankets, I have been contemplating the vast numbers of sick people who do actually limp through the pages of fiction. There is something compelling for writers and readers about the body in pain, about damage. . . "