By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Irvine Welsh On Writing

“I think just getting up and getting to the desk is a big thing. If you can do that, you’re in the zone because there’re so many distractions that can stop you. From my bedroom to my office isn’t really that far, but I have to go via the kitchen and there’s so many things that can stop me and interrupt me. As a writer, you play this daft game with yourself—you’re constantly looking for distractions, anything to stop you from writing, but you’re constantly fighting the distractions to write as well. You have to just put in a shift—you have to just say, “I’m gonna do this everyday, I’m gonna sit down there and I’m gonna knock this out and see what comes out.” It’s a perspiration rather than an inspiration thing. The inspiration will come as long as you spend enough time. The inspiration can come in such small ways that if you sit there just waiting for the big epiphany you’ll sit there for the rest of your life.”
~ Irvine Welsh On Writing

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“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster

“One of comedy’s defining pathologies, alongside literal pathologies like narcissism and self-loathing, is its swaggering certainty that it is part of the political vanguard, while upholding one of the most rigidly patriarchal hierarchies of any art form.”
~ Lindy West