Watch: William Finnegan // Barbarian Days
I've never been particularly fond of writer's festivals. Mostly I've been disappointed when authors I enjoy simply read their works verbatim with no added insights or observations, or when their voice isn't much of a reading voice at all. In the same way that David Beckham was a fascinating soccer player, till you heard him talk about it, some authors have great voices for writing, and only writing.
Not so William Finnegan.
In this short clip by Darius Devas, the author of Barbarian Days gets it right on both counts: among excerpts from his memoir he adds unique observations on the surfing life, and they're clearly enunciated in Bill's relaxed delivery. It's a shame it's not longer.