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.
The Boss (not Taylor Swift, but Bruce) has written a picture book and is now asked for his own favorites. He’s very well-read!
I like the Russians, the Chekhov short stories, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. I never read any of them until the past four years, and found them to be thoroughly psychologically modern. Personal favorites: “The Brothers Karamazov” and, of course, “Anna Karenina.”
This is one for the non-fiction lovers among us. Caitlin Doughty – who you know from the Youtube Channel Ask a Mortician – wrote a memoir called Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory. It sounds amazing!
I think the number one thing is decide what you want done with your body because that leads to all sorts of conversations and it means you have to research a little bit. You might get into a couple of internet rabbit holes about the death industry and about body disposal technology, which is a good thing.
The great William Gibson has written a new novel and you can bet on people asking him all sorts of questions about it. It includes spoilers about the new book though, so be aware.
I’m inclined to think that … part of what we’ve traditionally valued in certain cities actually emerged from the extent to which their original function was broken, so that the heyday of a certain kind of bohemian party existence in Manhattan or London was predicated on each of those places being almost in ruins and uninhabitable by the more discerning. So that they could, in fact, fill up with talented young people, and become fantastic generators of innovation. And it looks to me that the problem is, when you finish them, if you gentrify every last bit, it kills it. It kills something, I suspect.
Sheila Heti created an amazing book called Women in Clothes in which interesting and smart women talk about what their clothing means to them. The book itself is gorgeous, so check out this interview where she talks about creating it and how she likes internet comments.
It’s a bit like an oral history project, a bit like a feminist tract, also like a sociology paper, also an art and design book, also a bit like a magazine. For a while we were calling it a crowd-sourced book, but that sounds kind of cold and clanky. Maybe it could be named “a choral work.” I see the book as a big chorus.
Anyone interested in Gay Publishing, this interview will tell you most of what you need to know. Michael Denneny, a house-hold name in publishing tells all about what it was like to be gay in the publishing world and what has changed.
I soon came to see that this could be an interesting job, and I started feeling my way into it. The most notable book I edited in the beginning was probably for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf. It was actually Ntozake Shange who raised the issue of gay books with me, saying, “You’re publishing all these women’s books and black books, how come you aren’t publishing more gay books?”
Our love for The Martian couldn’t be more clear, so no wonder we want to share this interview with Andy Weir. He talks about the upcoming adaptation, in which he was somewhat involved. Here’s to hoping it will turn out all right.
I haven’t spoken to Ridley Scott at all. I advise Drew from time to time when he has technical questions about some of the science in the story. And the producer Aditya Sood keeps me up to date on how things are moving along. But for the most part, I’m just a spectator eagerly hoping everything comes together.