David Butler’s latest novel City of Dis is available by New Island now. The author was the latest recipient of the Irish Times writer’s Q&A series, and he gave some great insights on the writing process, reviewers and the future of the publishing industry.
On the writing process (enlightening):
[I write] almost always in my head, while out walking or suffering bouts of insomnia. Afterwards, almost all “actual” writing consists of (compulsive) rewriting.
On the future of publishing (a bit depressing):
Exponentially more self-publishing and e-publishing but without any commensurate increase in reading. A move towards audio, multimedia and hyperlinks.
On reviewers (as scathing as any good reviewer):
[The weight I give reviews is] directly proportional to the weight I give the reviewer; inversely proportional to the weight the reviewer gives him/herself.
Butler is not someone whose work I’m familiar with, but I have the height of respect for a cover blurb by Patrick McCabe, who said: “What ghostly eyes chart our hesitancies in this beautiful unknowable Dantesque prison we call the world? David Butler’s compelling mythic, metaphysical X-ray is beautifully written and ought to cement his already growing reputation.”
This beautiful unknowable Dantesque prison we call the world. Fantastic.