I’m a Proustian in that sense, I believe in memories outside of consciousness, and this is just a way to find them. Writing is a way to get access to them. The thing you feel if you smell something, or hear something, if you hear music from the ’80s, and then you are back there with your whole body for maybe ten seconds, and it is very good. It is more like that, those kinds of areas I am trying to get to.
Though reluctant to give interviews, Karl Ove Knausgaard sat down with Kale Buckley to talk about his abiding interest in his childhood, his need to write about it, and how his autobiography has changed his life in a long and compelling interview over at Hazlitt.