Will Self at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Catherine Taylor, Folio Society Publisher, reports on our sponsored event

Will Self gave a suitably laconic and humorous performance at the packed Folio Society event (28 August), one of the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival. Self, who wrote a typically singular and insightful introduction to our Metamorphosis and other Stories by Franz Kafka, was reading from and discussing his latest book, the ‘psycho-geography’ Walking to Hollywood, with novelist Rodge Glass. Walking to Hollywood is a biting satire on current celebrity culture. Self described people today as ‘being enslaved by television in a way that we aren’t by other media – it is omnipresent’. Self’s own way of dealing with the competing claims of modernity has in recent years been to walk great distances obsessively, to meander, as a reclamation of reality – and he cites W.G Sebald, author of the ground-breaking The Rings of Saturn, as a major influence. Despite being daunted by the sheer mass of books published today - a phenomenon Self recognises as ‘both humbling and despairing’, he still connects to ‘that profound sense of intimacy when the writer meets reader.

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