I picked up “Desert Divers’ by Sven Lindqvist in a Tooting charity shop. I had never heard of the author but I enjoyed the book. Part-memoir, part travel book, part literary history.
He writes about the great aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with a reverence bordering on obsession. That part was a little off-putting. But he has some great advice for writers, this passage stuck with me:
"Saint-Exupéry taught me to demand of a writer not just excitement and adventure, but also knowledge, seriousness and presence.
"Presence most of all.
"If the writer is not there himself in his writer, how can he demand that you should be?”
In the end, his worship of Saint-Exupéry got a little tired. But reverence has been a theme this week. I saw the new Aretha Franklin film, Amazing Grace,
in the cinema on Friday night.
There is a wonderful scene, when Franklin is singing the title track and her choir reacts
like a football crowd after a goal has gone in.
After seeing that film and the last goal
in the Ajax vs Tottenham game, who needs religion.
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