To continue with the theme of videos I’ve posted to my newly rejuvenated YouTube account, this is an interview I saw about five years ago which, for some reason, gave me a faint hope of being a writer. It was one of those instances where, not to sound sentimental, but you see someone or hear someone and feel inspired because of their sincerity and their character.
You wouldn’t guess from reading (or watching) Requiem for a Dream that Hubert Selby Jr was a sensitive man. You could assume quite rightly that he was something of a broken man, which is also plainly evident in the interview, but the relentless and hopeless anguish of the story isn’t really indicative of the humility you’ll also see.
Fictional characters like Jefferson Smith, George Bailey, Elwood P. Dowd (yes, I reallylike James Stewart), and Malcolm Sayer have affected me in a similar way. But seeing this interview, of a real man, for the first time in five years, I want to write stories again. And I haven’t felt like that for a while.