Hirsh Sawhney interviews novelist Hanif Kureishi for the Brooklyn Rail. A snippet:
Rail: Is the best writing from very private parts of our individuality?
Kureishi: Well, the best speaking, the best writing and the most authentic stuff is the stuff that’s most urgent. You meet someone on the street, grab them and say, “I really want to tell you something; it’s very important that you know this.” When I was very isolated in the suburbs because of race and my family and the fascism in the street and all the shit I was going through, it seemed very important that I said these things to other people, so they would know me and they would understand.