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.
Crime novelist James Ellroy talks about the best crime movies in town.
I don’t read many novels because I write them and I want them to be perfect. And I can’t tolerate imperfection when I read fiction, and how often do you see perfection? But going to the movies, you’ve got a good story, a crime, a man meets a woman. You can always go to look, and it’s only gonna cost you 10 bucks and two hours
Nick Hornby’s Funny Girl is highly anticipated, because it’s been five years since his last novel. Read all about it and everything else he’s been up to.
The best bit of novel writing is being allowed to write exactly what you want at the speed that you want, and to include as many different people and places and times as you want, working with pretty much only one person, the editor, whose job it is to get it in good shape for publication. It’s liberating to write a book when you’re at a certain stage of your career and know that it will be published and that the only point of a meeting is to try and make it better, not to have to hear someone saying, “Have you thought of making her American?”
Station Eleven is getting a lot of praise and is even shortlisted for the 2014 National Book Award. Let’s see what Emily St. John Mandel has to say for herself.
Post-apocalyptic stories are often set in a period of chaos and mayhem immediately following a societal collapse. I assume that such a period would occur, but I was more interested in writing about what might come after that, fifteen or twenty years after the collapse. I assume that the entire world wouldn’t be consumed by mayhem forever, because mayhem isn’t a sustainable way of life over the long term.
Amber Sparks wrote an essay about her low brow influences. We all know that authors are inspired by [insert author of random classic], but will they ever tell you that Sweet Valley High left an impression on them?
For me, that was horror fiction—those puffy shiny paperbacks where the authors’ names were way bigger than their titles. DEAN KOONTZ! STEPHEN KING! CHRISTOPHER PIKE!
We reviewed David Gordon’s new short story collection White Tiger on Snow Mountain a while ago, but it’s finally time for it to hit the shelves. He talks to Kirkus about his collection.
Like an album, White Tiger on Snow Mountain sustains a set of concerns—about how life gets in the way of people connecting, about how other people often seem to have a better sense of who you are than you do yourself .
Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please is finally out! Everyone seems excited and she’s doing interviews all around. We like listening to her talk, so give this one over at NPR a try.
I was crying because my OB-GYN had just passed away, and he was a lovely man and I was in a real panic and I was so pregnant. And a really, really pregnant woman crying is terrifying. I was sobbing and [Jon Hamm, the SNL host that week] … just kind of came to me and he was like, “I need you to pull it together — this is a big deal for me.” And it made me laugh so hard.