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Bookmark This: Hanif Kureishi Thinks You Might Be Asking The Wrong Questions

In this Telegraph essay, British author and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (IntimacyThe BodyThe Last Wordargues that writers, by spending too much time on the safe questions of plot and dialogue, are missing the importance of digging deep into the imagination and the "useful trouble" it may offer.

“If you think of the real thing – of, say, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, or Wilde’s Dorian Gray, or perhaps Cheever’s great story “The Swimmer”, or Kafka’s Metamorphosis, or any of the work of Carver or Plath – you have to begin to think about the wild implausibility, boldness, and brilliance of the artist’s idea or metaphor rather than the arrangement of paragraphs.”