video: jesse ball on literature and getting out of one’s own way

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‘The best hope that a writer could have is to say something he or she is not capable of saying. The only way to say something that you’re not capable of saying is to become someone else in the moment of speaking. The main thing is to get out of one’s own way. (…) Only in interacting do we become anything.’

On February 5th the American author Jesse Ball interrupted his work on a new book at the writing residency in Amsterdam for a thoughtful conversation with Ruth Joos at Passa Porta on the occasion of the translation of his novel The Divers’ Game by Jan Willem Reitsma (Querido). For those who had to miss this compelling encounter, now is the chance to watch the whole video!