university lecturers tend to be baby-sitters. I guess I'm doing a little
bit of that. I'm supposed to be lecturing on media studies. And I lecture
on sexual politics. I was invited to lecture for one year at the university.
I'm still there, if that means anything."
say Haynes is in his element. He's living in a spacious flat in Montparnasse.
Henry Miller lived just up the road. Francoise Sagan used to be a neighbour.
Francoise Hardy lives down the street. And Juliette Greco lives round
the corner. They use the same grocer.
Paris for life. "I've no desire to live anywhere else. I always think
the lyric of a famous First World War long is applicable to the city and
certainly to me. It goes 'How can you keep 'em down on the farm after
they've seen Paree?' I like and need city environments
haven't been completely destroyed by the automobile, like Edinburgh, Amsterdam
and Paris, although it's got plenty cars."
peace all right, but he hasn't managed never to worry. He worries for
Edinburgh. "In the late sixties, the university in their wisdom demolished
the whole block where I had my paperback shop
the houses, the shoe
repairers, etc. It's now a car park.
stop me in the street and tell me it's a crime what the University did.
I'm almost stopped more for that than for the Traverse.
across the road from this very restaurant where we are in Rose Street
there was this mad Greek restaurant and I had a flat next door, rented
from Mike Shea, who's now the Queen's Press Secretary. I had dinner in
the Beehive last night when I was delighted to hear the Grassmarket is
still being refurbished. Some institutions go on and on in this town.
Henderson's, for instance. I knew Ma Henderson. I ate there a lot."
for the Traverse too.
21 years old this year, but I'm genuinely worried about it, like so many
other people. It needs dynamic energy pumped into it, more than money.
I wish they had a bit more sense of purpose, rather than rest on their
laurels. It's got an incredible history.
last Festival I went into the downstairs bar and nobody was there. I couldn't
believe it. We began with no capital and our rent to the dear man who
owned the building was one shilling a year. I thought that was fair. I'm
told the Traverse now gets £210,000 a year from the Arts Council."