Having lived in Canada, England, and Mexico, Matthew Morgan is currently writing from the UK and making his way around Europe. His website, Art of Conversation, features monthly essays exploring life, culture, and meaning through literature, cinema, and music.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: The Hobbit, written by Tolkien, read by my dad. I still hear it in his voice when I read it today.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger – I’ve read it five or six times, sometimes to work out how she does it, sometimes for the pure joy, every time to challenge myself to write a better book. I haven’t yet.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote?
A: ‘In quoting others, we cite ourselves.’ — Julio Cortázar
First, you see the sweeping shape of a looming wave, perfect blue coming right at you, but it’s not moving. Then, as you follow the crowds of people through the room, you see that it’s not a wave, it’s a whale. You wonder what kind of whale it is, then you wonder if this beast …