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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Alberto Manguel, Will Self, Nicholson Baker, Amit Chaudhuri discuss the writer's role as a critic

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First published: January 23, 2015, 8:27 AM IST | Updated: January 23, 2015
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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Alberto Manguel, Will Self, Nicholson Baker, Amit Chaudhuri discuss the writer's role as a critic
Noted personalities Alberto Manguel, Will Self, Nicholson Baker and Amit Chaudhuri were seen at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.

Jaipur: "One of the first differences between a writer and a critic is that a critic wants to sound like he's read a lot. A writer, on the other hand, may want to sound unfinished, naive and incomplete at times," said Nicholson Baker, American writer of fiction and non-fiction.

Noted personalities such as Alberto Manguel, Will Self, Nicholson Baker and Amit Chaudhuri were gathered together on a rainy at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, to discuss the topic 'Double lives: writers as critics'.

Noted British television personality and writer Will Self described the difference between the two styles of writing, "A writer has to be authentic, whereas a critic has to be authoritative," he explained.

"A critic must follow the same rules of journalism: afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted," he added.

The discussion alternated between the topics of fiction writing, non-fiction writing to journalism and modern criticism.

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