Kureishi no cree en talleres
Malas noticias para mis alumnos (y para mí mismo, que me gano la vida dictando talleres desde hace décadas). El escritor británico Hanuf Kureishi ha abierto la olla de grillos en el Hay Festival declarando que no cree en los talleres de literatura, y menos aún en aquellos que tienen la palabra "creativo" en su título (es decir, los llamados talleres de escritura creativa). ¿Pero acaso en Soñar y contar no tiene una sección dedicada a los talleres? Voy a verificarlo en mi ejemplar. Duda de que en esas escuelas aparezcan buenos escritores, pero no duda de que son lugares ideales para crear locos. Los ha calificado como "nuevos sanatorios para enfermos mentales". Así lo reseña The Guardian:
The celebrated novelist, screenwriter and playwright Hanif Kureishi has launched a withering attack on university creative writing courses, calling them "the new mental hospitals". Kureishi, himself a research associate on the creative writing course at Kingston University in London said, "One of the things you notice is that when you switch on the television and a student has gone mad with a machine gun on a campus in America, it's always a writing student (...) He said that creative writing courses set up false expectations among students that a literary career will inevitably follow. "The fantasy is that all the students will become successful writers - and no one will disabuse them of that. "When you use the word creative and the word course there is something deceptive about it." Fay Weldon was more upbeat, when asked about creative writing course she teaches in a later session. There are lots of readers out there and they need lots of books to be written, she said. If you can teach some of the writers that "the fewer adjectives and the fewer adverbs the better, you're just doing the world a favour." Aspiring writers have plenty of things to say, acknowledged Kureishi, "but then they get degrees. I always give people the same mark - 71% - and then you write these reports. I always say they were well-behaved, well-dressed. "Then they write me these nice letters saying, 'I never expected I would get so much.' But how can you mark creative writing?" Kureishi was on particularly caustic form at his event. Of readers' frequent inquiries about the relationship between autobiography and invention in his work, he said, "It's such a dull question. And then people always want to know what time you get up, or whether you write with the window closed or a little bit open, or what your desk looks like."
Por otra parte, también ha despotricado contra la serie fotográfica de The Guardian titulada Writers' Rooms, (una de mis secciones favoritas) en la que se fotografían los escritorios de los escritores. "People come and take pictures of writers' desks. They don't come and take photographs of your desks, do they? It's as if the talent is in the desk" Y con respecto a sí mismo y su escritorio, ha declarado que cada vez que se sienta en él para escribir algo se pregunta por qué está haciendo eso y lo considera un suicidio.