Brian Dillon - I am Sitting in a Room (Twenty-Four Hour Books) Paperback – 1 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Brian Dillon is the UK editor of "Cabinet" and the author of "In the Dark Room", "Sanctuary", and "The Hypochondriacs". He is an editorial board member of "TATE Etc. " and "Art Review", and a regular contributor to numerous journals including "Artforum" and "frieze". Since 2008 he has been AHRC Research Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
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This book is a contemplative look at the way writer's write; in particular the setting or where they prefer to do their writing. Brian Dillon not only discusses his own writing habits and all the places where he does his writing but he also discusses those of famous writers from the past. In particular we are shown illustrations and photos of such famous authors as Proust, Virginia Woolf, Hemingway, Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, Bernard Shaw, and even Saint Jerome among many others. As is discussed, some authors choose to write from bed, or in a car, or others prefer more of a study or dedicated writing space. Some use Post-it notes and others like Nabokov used index cards. All of the various predilections and eccentricities of many writers are discussed and shown, often with photos orchestrated by the authors themselves to show them at their work.
And by shown I mean the truly wonderful photos and illustrations that are replicated in this short novel. They are just gorgeous and of such high quality you'd swear you were looking at the actual painting or a photo taped to the page. Truly terrific and I thought this really made this book special.
Recommended, for those who write or are interesting in the writing process.