Examiner.com has chosen Will Self’s Google lecture as its favourite online video featuring writers of fiction. Watch it here. There are also some fine videos featuring Martin Amis and Philip Roth, among others.
Watch (a very bearded) Will Self talking about the economy, Boris Johnson and why John Prescott looks like a character from Thomas the Tank Engine, here on the Daily Politics show.
To watch the final part of The Secret Life of the Airport on BBC4, in which Will Self talks about Heathrow becoming a modernist ruin, among other things, go here.
To watch the second part of the BBC’s The Secret Life of the Airport series, visit the iplayer here.
Will Self is one of the contributors to this BBC4 three-part series charting the development of Britain’s airports and how they have transformed the country.
The first part “takes us from the heady, imperial glamour of Britain’s first airport terminal at Croydon to the internationally agreed hieroglyphics on today’s taxiways and runways. Using rare archive and access to airports’ hidden corners, it reveals the intense local rivalry, skulduggery and sheer passion for flight behind our airports.” It’s available on the BBC iplayer until July 6.
Mariella Frostrup talks to Will Self about Liver on Sky Arts, which you can watch here.
Interesting interview between Will Self and the geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wells for Seed magazine, filmed in October 2007 at the National Arts Club in New York, in which they address the question, what is human? You can watch it here.
There is also a longer transcript of that interview, which you can read here.
You can watch Will Self on the BBC’s Money Programme here, first broadcast last night, talking about the book publishing industry.
Listen to Will Self talking about how Britain is “a motorway race not an island race”, how motorway service stations are “microcosms of Britishness”, but how motorways nevertheless relate to “the yearning for bucolia” on the second part of this intriguing BBC4 documentary, which will be briefly available to watch on the BBC iplayer here. There is also a brief reading of Self’s short story Scale.