Recently I asked Hamid about what he was reading. His reply:
I just finished Sheila Heti's How Should a Person Be? Fresh and interesting. I was drawn to it by a diary piece she wrote, I think for the Financial Times, where she said that after high-quality, character-driven realism's success on HBO (and its like) the contemporary novel was free to do other things, just as twentieth-century painting was freed by photography. I've said -- and believe -- something similar. So I was curious to see what she did formally in her own novel.Visit Mohsin Hamid's website and Facebook page.
I've just begun Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt. It's too soon for me to say much, but I became aware of the novel because of an essay on the blog 3QuarksDaily that suggested Silicon Valley was shaping the way we read, and that this novel was an antidote. I've started tweeting more, much as I'm personally ambivalent about the medium, so I'm up for seeing what this novel has to teach.
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