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WHERE ARE YOU NOW AND WHAT CAN YOU SEE?
I'm on the 17 floor in a flat which looks onto Third Avenue [New York] with the Beth Israel Medical Center and the top of Brooklyn in the distance.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I'm re-reading Jean Genet's Our Lady of the Flowers which I first read as a teenager and didn't understand.
CHOOSE A FAVOURITE AUTHOR AND SAY WHY YOU LIKE HER/HIM
My favourite book is Ulysses but my favourite authors are William Faulkner, who has the most of America in him and can use words that would make other writers sound like complete idiots, and Thomas Mann.
DESCRIBE THE ROOM WHERE YOU USUALLY WRITE
I have another apartment in the same building several floors higher, full of books and DVDs and my assistant, Laura. It's like a crowded minefield.
WHAT DISTRACTS YOU FROM WRITING?
Reading. Sometimes you have to read to …