Giraldi, who isn’t uncartoonlike, gave a sensational performance, and just as I was beginning to suspect that he was made not of flesh and blood and intellect but of some kind of intelligent rubber, he sat down for a chat with Granta editor Patrick Ryan and began talking in a very lucid way about his profession. “I don’t enjoy writing,” he said. “I enjoy reading.” He teaches writing at Boston University, and has been amazed at how many of the kids possess a passionate urge to write without also possessing an urge to read. This strikes him as crazy. “There’s an analogy there that I haven’t been able to complete,” he said:
Wanting to write without wanting to read is like wanting to ____ without wanting to ____.
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