A Sense of Failure
Writer Ian Sansom reflects upon the sense of failure that can accompany human endeavour.
The author Ian Sansom reflects on why it is that some of the most successful people are haunted by a sense of failure and considers his own experience as a writer - a profession that thrives on failure with literature 'emerging magnificently from error and untruths'.
With reference to the writings of Paul Auster, William James and Wallace Stevens, and music by Leos Janacek, Warren Zevon and the Waterboys,
Produced by Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.