Adam Thirlwell: What’s problematic, the real way to be shocking, is to have an unstable tone, or to use the wrong tone, the tone that’s not appropriate or that’s deemed inappropriate. Both lurid and cute are completely inappropriate literary tones or adjectives. Neither of them is good. You shouldn’t be writing either luridly or cutely – but I quite liked the idea that maybe you could

Adam Thirlwell: ‘You shouldn’t write luridly or cutely – but I liked the idea that maybe you could’

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