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The White Goddess is a wonderful book, like seriously overwhelming and beautiful in places, utter gibberish in others. He is one of those rare people who I think attack truth from a completely obtuse angles but get closer to the mark than most 'rational' thinkers.
Graves - Do you notice anything strange about this room?
Interviewer - No.
Graves - Well, everything is made by hand—with one exception: this nasty plastic triple file which was given me as a present. I've put it here out of politeness for two or three weeks, then it will disappear. Almost everything else is made by hand. Oh yes, the books have been printed, but many have been printed by hand—in fact some I printed myself. Apart from the electric light fixtures, everything else is handmade; nowadays very few people live in houses where anything at all is made by hand.
Interviewer - Does this bear directly on your creative work?
Graves - Yes: one secret of being able to think is to have as little as possible around you that is not made by hand.