Are you interested in the thoughts and lives of the bookish people of today? Don’t look any further and read the best interviews of the week.
Sam Lipsyte and Diane Cook write letters over at Granta about being an author and how that sometimes worries them.
It’s when I’m not writing well, or just not writing that day, that I start to turn over other questions. Why am I writing this? Why did I write that? Is there something I’m trying to get to? I think there is something. But I never know precisely what it is, so I keep writing.
The Rumpus interviews Rainbow Rowell about the upcoming adaptation of Eleanor & Park and her latest book Landline.
Absolutely. I had an editor once tell me that I needed to be very careful with my second book, that readers would expect something like Attachments. She meant well—she wanted me to establish who I was, because it’s so hard to stand out. But it didn’t fit who I was.I remember asking her, ‘Can’t I be Pixar?’
Justin Taylor’s new short story collection Flings is hitting the shelves, so of course people are asking him questions.
Lena Dunham is one of the more exciting and original figures to emerge from my generation. I can’t imagine any context in which her body of work and achievement would be understood with primary reference to mine, or her as a version of me. If someone wanted to compare me and my work to hers, however, I’d gladly take the compliment.
In Book Notes, Anna Valente pairs music with her short stories from By Light We Knew Our Names.
This song also got heavy air time. There’s so much magic and whimsy in its composition – a harp! Canaries and beetle shells! Ships and thimbles! There’s something almost lunar in its sound. It reminds me of stargazing, and of letting the universe quietly amaze.
Author Kathleen Hale tells her catfish story and how she became obsessed with a book blogger.
Instead of returning to Judy’s house, which still felt like the biggest breach of decency I’d ever pulled, I decided to call her at work.
Don DeLilo reviews Taylor Swift’s song Track 3. The song is nothing more than eight seconds of white noise and no there’s no one better than the author of White Noise to review this.
“Track 3,” the latest release from Taylor Swift’s 1989, explores the dropped pin, uniting the past and present—the now, the then—with the sharp pangs of its own absence.
Writing duo Alex Flynn talks with John Scalzi about superheroes, their novel The Misshapes and how it would be to be a superhero in real life.
When we started writing the book it was just about a girl dealing with rejection from a super school. Like if Harry Potter got kicked out of Hogwarts. We love Harry Potter and other hero stories, but we wanted to hear the tale of the kid that didn’t get in and still made good.