Q: Your work is very personal, yet readers seem to make it their own. Who do you write for?
A: The memoir I've just written is about growing up in 1980s Scotland under Margaret Thatcher. It is very specific but, judging from the reader response, it is also universal--it's my story of surviving, escaping into books and becoming my own person. You've all got your own version of that story.
So I write for you and I write for me. I would still write for me if you weren't there, and you should be glad that most of what I write is seen only by me.
--Damian Barr is a journalist, author and salonniere. He has written for The Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, among others. His second book, Maggie & Me, will be published in the US in 2014 (Bloomsbury US). He is also creator and host of the popular Literary Salon at Shoreditch House.
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