Novelist John Banville is supposed to be one of the bad boys of literature: arrogant, self-absorbed, depressive, heavy-handed. To which I would answer after interviewing him on New England Cable News yesterday: I don't think so.
On the contrary, I found him funny, open, thoughtful, inclusive, and unafraid of making fun of himself (and there's the key) as well as others. But see what you think. Here's the link.