Paul Auster at Google

A reading from Man in the Dark, followed by questions from the audience

Back in August of last year, American author Paul Auster visited the Google offices in New York to discuss his new book, Man in the Dark. In an online broadcast lasting just over fifty minutes, Auster reads extended passages from the book to an audience, before opening the floor for questions.

Paul Auster is both humble and candid, speaking in a welcoming tone that is just as approachable as his prose. He openly shares some of his experiences of screenwriting, and the differences of his approach to novel-writing. He also discusses the role of chance events and 'wrenching improbability' in his work, and speaks a little of some of the recurrent images and motifs in his novels. But, for me, the highlight was hearing him read his prose aloud. It's wonderfully compelling stuff.