"Then William and I drank a lot of whisky (while celebrating the Scottish poet Robbie Burns) and found ourselves talking about Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman and its main character, Aaliya, who ran a bookshop in Beirut. Several days later we met for lunch and William said: “Let’s not just talk about opening a bookshop, let’s actually do it.”
"I wanted to make a similar gesture here, using a person’s spoken language as a way of revealing the changes to their personality. We reveal so much about who we are, and where we are in life through the words we use."
"I asked a journalist why so much gun-violence reporting lacks context—that only three to five percent of all violence, not only gun violence, is attributable to mental illness—and he said it’d be too clunky if a reporter always provided context. But if it’s between clunkiness and an omission of facts, I’ll take clunkiness."