Category Archives: USA

Burgess speaking in ’72

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-21-29-03Burgess on

  • being a teacher
  • the revolutionary firing squad
  • Nausicaä
  • university lecturers who ‘get down with the kids’
  • the young
  • tabulae rasae
  • how the novelist uses experience
  • the lessons of the past
  • Homer
  • the need to avoid cynicism

Burgess interviewed in the USA

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-09-45-461971. Burgess on

  • the impossibility of writing in London
  • attempting to discover something about what Shakespeare was really like
  • the pretence of certain clergymen about Shakespeare
  • his alleged nervous collapse in Borneo
  • being accused of letting the side down by failing to write costively
  • being hounded out of Brunei for political reasons
  • the right not to be aborted
  • the pub
  • the impossibility of writing in Dublin
  • pubescent creative efforts
  • the hard-heartedness of the writing profession
  • his motherfucking novel

Burgess interviewing in ’74

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-22-43-10Burgess on

  • Orwell’s A Clergyman’s Daughter
  • micturition
  • fellow Lancastrian Stan Laurel
  • Enderby
  • the stage
  • the writer’s trade
  • candour
  • losing his virginity
  • the importance of lying
  • the novelist’s unhealthy lifestyle
  • Henry James
  • the reader over his shoulder
  • prolificacy
  • producing a second work
  • martyrdom
  • what the fiscal tyrants have wrought

Burgess interviewed in ’71

Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 21.44.35Burgess on

  • that Friday worn-out feeling after a week of hard work
  • the game of American football
  • his house in Princeton
  • how to deal with the aggrieved parent of a student with poetic aspirations
  • Elizabethan English
  • how Shakespeare spoke
  • being of Irish extraction
  • being a northerner
  • Shakespeare’s genius
  • how his pianoplaying father got the sack after an unfortunate incident at the cinema
  • trying to be a composer
  • his late start as a writer
  • the problem of Künstler Schuld
  • the creative demon
  • a moose and a mouse
  • contrasts between London and New York
  • his novel A Clockwork Orange
  • the vigour of the American language