What Good Are Intellectuals? 44 Writers Share Their Thoughts...

What Good Are Intellectuals? 44 Writers Share Their Thoughts...

What Good Are Intellectuals? 44 Writers Share Their Thoughts...

What Good Are Intellectuals? 44 Writers Share Their Thoughts...

Synopsis

In an intimate dialogue with some of the world's best minds, in the form of essays, interviews and responses to the question, "What good are intellectuals?", 44 of the world's most respected authors reflect on life, death and meaning. Essays include remarks by Wietske Venema, on the eve of his suicide, and excerpts from Marc Lambron's journal, detailing life in Paris from Egyptomania to astrology and lesbianism.

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Interview by Gilles Hertzog

An interview with Paul Bowles – dozens of people have interviewed
you in the past several years. . .

Yes, indeed they have.

I came to see you ten years ago myself, with Bernard-Henri Lévy. Is
this a chore for you, or a pleasure? Is it always just the same old
song?

Sometimes things turn out differently, and then it's a pleasure. But frankly, I don't always get Bernard-Henri Lévy or you. and then it might not be very much fun. It eats up my time. and there isn't enough time in my day, there isn't enough time in life.

Can you tell, more or less, what people are going to ask you, is it
always the same questions? Or do you sometimes get to discover
something new about your own life, or your work?

No, not much. As you say, the questions are almost always the same. “Why do you live in Tangiers? Do you like Tangiers better than other . . .

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