I know at least of a few of us here (including me) are currently reading or have read Bolano. As often happens to me, I have become shamefully interested in the face behind the words. Trying or not, the lifestyle he posits before his reader is dangerously alluring. Well, I found an interview. It’s worth a read.
“Being a writer is pleasant—no, pleasant isn’t the word—it’s an activity that has its share of amusing moments, but I know of other things that are even more amusing, amusing in the same way that literature is for me. Holding up banks, for example. Or directing movies. Or being a gigolo. Or being a child again and playing on a more or less apocalyptic soccer team”
Lots more here
There is of course the whole heroin controversy. Who cares, honestly? …right?