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“My children have been a crucial part of my work in ways that I find hard to account for or anticipate. If I need to go on a research trip for a book or a film, we’ll usually go as a family, and I find that – apart from the fact that it’s useful to have extra eyes and ears – people and places tend to open up to you more. In southern Europe, in particular – now that the birth rate is practically zero – there is much nostalgia surrounding big families: when we turn up, all nine of us, it’s as though a bunch of rock stars have arrived by steam train. Once, in Sicily, we got a round of applause just for walking down the street.”

Comments

  1. Jonathan Webb says

    That's really disturbing. Mark Steyn fleshed out.

  2. Dorian Speed says

    It's funny – when I was reading it, I didn't notice the byline. Then I got to the part about "family of nine" and thought – who is this guy?

  3. Matthew Lickona says

    One young man asked me if I wasn't worried about "the pram in the hallway". I asked him where the phrase came from. "Cyril Connolly." "And what did he ever write?" The questioner thought for a minute then said, "Shit. Yeah", and thanked me for "liberating him from fear". Blimey.

    *****

    Ha! Still, I'm very angry with you, SEP, for taking away my favorite excuse for not having published any novels just yet.

  4. Southern Expat says

    I know – I thought, "Mr. Lickona is going to take this too personally." Maybe you just don't have *enough* kids yet.

  5. Anonymous says

    Two's enough.

  6. SEP,

    Nine of course is the perfect number of children for the artist.

    At least Zeus and Mnemosyne thought so….

    JOB

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