Paul Theroux – When I started writing, I…

When I started writing, I did have some idealised notion of my dad as a…


“When I started writing, I did have some idealised notion of my dad as a writer. But I have less and less of a literary rivalry with him as I’ve gone on. I certainly don’t feel I need his approval, although maybe that’s because I’m confident that I’ve got it.”
-Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux – A travel book is about…

A travel book is about someone who goes somewhere, travels on the ground, sees something…


“A travel book is about someone who goes somewhere, travels on the ground, sees something and spends quite a lot of time doing it, and has a hard time, and then comes back and writes about it. It’s not about inventing.”
-Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux – Mark Twain was a great…

Mark Twain was a great traveler and he wrote three or four great travel books…


“Mark Twain was a great traveler and he wrote three or four great travel books. I wouldn’t say that I’m a travel novelist but rather a novelist who travels – and who uses travel as a background for finding stories of places.”
-Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux – When I was in the…

When I was in the Peace Corps I never made a phone call. I was…


“When I was in the Peace Corps I never made a phone call. I was in Central Africa I didn’t make a phone call for two years. I was in Uganda for another four years and I didn’t make a phone call. So for six years I didn’t make a phone call, but I wrote letters, I wrote short stories, I wrote books.”
-Paul Theroux