Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Tash the Role Model

Tash Aw is featured in this month's Time Out, talking to Sam Coleman about his new novel Map of the Invisible World, and how he would like to be a role model for young writers from the region. (Click up to full size to read.)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Weren't we just talking about sloppy editing not so long ago?

-Jen

Chet said...

Is it just my aging eyes or are the words packed very tight in the article so that there's almost no space between them? I need to go and get an actual copy to look at.

Jen - examples of sloppy editing?

Anonymous said...

NOBEL PRIZE?! Maybe it is MY ageing eyes. Trying not to fall off my chair laughing...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 8:42 - you are a mean cat.
Congrats, Tash. Am very happy for you.
Two things stood out for me in this article - that Tash is a savvy businessman - good for him - and that writing has got to be a disciplined activity. Sigh. Excuse me while I go hit my head on wall.

saras

Damyanti said...

He also notes that one of his small hopes is to serve as an example for young writers that they writing as a profession--if understood as what it is--is something they can aspire to.

The "they" in bold is an example of sloppy proofing in the article. It should not be there.

My two cents on proofing. And yes, the text is difficult to read and crammed, maybe because of format conversion.

That said, all the best to Aw, and hope to read his book when it is out.

bibliobibuli said...

yes - look at first sentence of last para - i can't make head or tail of it at all! sloppy editing indeed

and nobel prize ... well, we hope so, one day ... but that prize is awarded based on a lifetime's output and a very real commitment to changing society, so i think the journalist here is being a tad premature

but yes, it was lovely to see Tash featured in Time Out

Anonymous said...

Not the journalist's fault for reporting the "Nobel prize" news but TA's agent for blowing hot air...

Anonymous said...

Oh come on, I think we can all trust that David Godwin knows that the Nobel Prize is awarded for an entire career and not a book. After my experiences with journalists, I'm sorry to say I'm much more inclined to believe that this one either misinterpreted, misremembered, or invented that quote. I've had lots of things attributed to me that I never said.

I can't wait to read this book and I wish Tash all the success in the world! Anonymous at 8:42, I hope you broke your neck falling off your chair.

-- Preeta

bibliobibuli said...

agree, Preeta - the quote sounds most odd!

and who knows who will win what at this point in the game? all is possible ...

Anonymous said...

Chet,

Maybe I didn't make it clear in my first post. I meant sloppy editing with regard to the article, not Tash Aw's book, which I haven't seen yet.

-Jen

Anonymous said...

I'll give anyone 10 to one odds against Tash winning the Nobel Prize, any takers? :D

bibliobibuli said...

for any writer ... even think of people like mcewan ... i think the odds must be far far lower than 10 to one! and if you are american much lower still!

Anonymous said...

Yes, thanks for saying just what I was going to say, Sharon! Given the number of important international writers of whom you wouldn't even have *heard,* Anonymous -- not all Nobel Prize winners were widely translated into English before they received the award -- the odds are already much, much lower than 10 to one that anyone you've heard of will someday win. So that jibe only displays your total obliviousness and your pettiness, in one convenient single-serving pack, as usual.

-- Preeta

Anonymous said...

I will STILL give you 10 to one odds, Peeta :) or anyone else for that matter :)