Sunday, May 01, 2005

John Berger & Michael Ondaatje in Conversation

The last event of the John Berger Season that I went to was a short film entitled Readings and Conversations: John Berger in Conversation with Michael Ondaatje. It was interesting in that both writers spoke about their influences and which creative forms were important to them at specific points in the process of their work. But it was also frustrating as they seemed to be talking in circles...while not verbatim, this was a common moment in the conversation:

Ondaatje: How did G. begin?
Berger: Does a book have a beginning point?
Ondaatje: I find the beginning at the end. When I have finished the work, I know where I should begin.

Take a look and see what I mean.

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