Sport 28: Autumn 2002
Conversation at the Poananga-Robertson wedding with Jeff Kennedy. Jeff owns Toad Hall. He was advising me on what I should write. He read One Too Many Lives because he was thinking of ‘getting into’ publishing. He was all full of how I should get out of the little world in my head. It isn't enough to want to write like Janet Frame. Janet Frame is depressing. (I don't think she is. Do I have a high threshold for the grim?) Jeff said that with my command of language and flare for narrative I should write for film or television. I told him all in good time. I said I wanted to tackle the hard, serious subjects first. Jeff said that that the first duty of Art is entertainment. That's very different from Dad's ‘Art is inner order’.