I don’t have the energy to go deeply into Bataille or Nietzsche, or Marechera right now, but these are the writers who enabled me to break the speed barrier. It was very necessary for me to have the violent imagery and violent experiences — not just with the texts — so as to recover from myself. The harshness of the remedy suggests that my essential nature is fundamentally barbarian. I’m rather uncouth and I needed the solution that could only come from this.
This book makes merry with my younger self in an ironic, joking style.