And another thing
in which I appear in a discussion about The Short Story. I’d had a terrible day before we taped this, there’d been a huge accident on the North Circular which jammed up most of north west London and meant that 10-minute journeys suddenly took two hours. (Although, to be fair, I’m sure I’d had nowhere near as bad a day as the people involved in the crash, and I hope they’re OK.) It was a very irritating day, though, and when I taped this programme I thought I did really badly, coming across as an over-enthusiastic A-level English student next to Andrew O’Hagan’s sensible, intelligent thoughts. The editors have done a marvellous job of making me sound as if I had something more to say than “OMG! Short stories! Squeeee!” Which just goes to show why one should always be nice to editors.