Novelist William Boyd, author most recently of a flawed, but interesting and sometimes arresting short story collection, considers the importance of the novel as a literary form in an interview with Anne Simpson:
Albert Camus said that if you want to be a philosopher, write a novel, and I feel the novel is the only place where we can find out what someone else is thinking. If, for instance, you want to know what Catherine Bennett is thinking, Jane Austen will tell you.
Boyd also writes for the screen. His latest film project, Man to Man “just had its world premiere at the Berlinale, the German capital’s annual film festival, which opened last week.”