The 'Trainspotting' Prequel

Irvine Welsh: Yeah. I’ve kind of… I found out that… I’ve kind of pulled out this [post] chunk of “Trainspotting” which I never used because it was a bit too… I wanted to start off into, a bang into the addiction. It’s seemed a bit too kind of, a bit too cause and effect and all that kind of stuff, and I was probably a bit more [annihilistic] about [IB] was it would be it explaining how they became drug addicts, and I just thought is was, it was centered around the family dynamics a bit more and their dynamics with each other. I thought it wasn’t really that interesting in explaining how it is, [IB] this is what’s happened and this is the consequences of it.

So, I’ve kind of got more back into these old drafts and now I’m looking at sort of this… I think it’s just an age thing as well, where you’ve kind of get more interested in cause and effect, . So, I’m looking at what’s happened to the characters when they were younger. It starts just with them as a couple of about 18 months before “Trainspotting.”

It’s weird. It’s like kind of, I can’t write about… I find it really hard to write about anybody my own age. I’ve got to sort of write about an age that I’ve been through, . I can’t write about; I’m writing, now, I’ve been writing a story about a guy whose, I guess, in his 70s, which has been quite, kind of a weird thing to do. So, but I find it very, very hard going kind of doing.

But it just seems much more… It just seems much more real to me, to have lived through that kind of age and write about it. I’m not really interested in anybody… It’s weird because I’m not really interested in anybody over 40, basically, because you just go through the same kind of stuff, really. Whereas, I’m kind of… I’m interested… I know… I just feel that I’ve been boring for the last sort of decade or so, . So I’m kind of more interested in how I was and how people were prior to this.

 

Recorded on: September 8, 2008

 

Irvine Welsh is going to take us back to 18 months before Trainspotting.

Why Lil Dicky made this star-studded Earth Day music video

"Earth" features about 30 of the biggest names in entertainment.

Culture & Religion
  • Lil Dicky is a rapper and comedian who released his debut album in 2015.
  • His new music video, "Earth," features artists such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheehan, Kevin Hart, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • All proceeds of the music video will go to environmental causes, Dicky said.
Keep reading Show less

After death, you’re aware that you’ve died, say scientists

Some evidence attributes a certain neurological phenomenon to a near death experience.

Credit: Petr Kratochvil. PublicDomainPictures.net.
Surprising Science

Time of death is considered when a person has gone into cardiac arrest. This is the cessation of the electrical impulse that drive the heartbeat. As a result, the heart locks up. The moment the heart stops is considered time of death. But does death overtake our mind immediately afterward or does it slowly creep in?

Keep reading Show less
Big Think
Sponsored by Lumina Foundation

Upvote/downvote each of the videos below!

As you vote, keep in mind that we are looking for a winner with the most engaging social venture pitch - an idea you would want to invest in.

Keep reading Show less