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.
After a great book club about Dept. of Speculation, we can’t not share this interview with Jenny Offill over at Bookforum.
When I was writing the novel, everyone in New York seemed obsessed with a fear of getting bedbugs. It was indeed going around but there was also a feeling of collective hysteria to it. I thought it made sense to use because it would add to the atmosphere of domestic claustrophobia.
Personal favorite Jasper Fforde talked to Kirkus about his latest book The Eye of Zoltar and his approach to writing.
In fact, he tends to take a “Gung-Ho Full-Ahead Both” approach to writing. “That is doubtless the wrong way to go about it, but it’s all that seems to work for me, so I’m not in a hurry to change it.”
A while ago we reviewed 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino. She talks to Brooklyn Rail about her novel and her favorite David Lynch Movie.
I have a fondness for Eraserhead. I know you said movie, but I really want to talk about Twin Peaks. I always want to talk about Twin Peaks. I had to sneak out to watch it when I was little because my mom wouldn’t allow it and it blew my mind.
Sarah Waters will be at Crossing Border, so if you want to read up on her, we have two interviews for you! One over at The Guardian and this podcast at KCRW.
I’m very conscious that as I get older, I think less nimbly and feel more keenly than I used to.
Tin House talks to Celeste Ng about her ancestry in their series The Family Tree.
Parenting is inherently rather arrogant: you believe your genes are worth passing on and (at least fleetingly) believe that you’re qualified to raise another human being. There’s often a godlike desire to create in your own image—you want your kids to be just like you in all the ways that you like, and to one-up you by avoiding all of your own shortcomings and mistakes.
Lydia Millet who you know from our second book club book Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, recently published a new book. Mermaids in Paradise is about a tropical vacation that’s being hijacked by kidnappers, mercenaries and mermaids…
“I always go back to humor,” Millet says. “It’s how I relax.” She describes herself as “cheerful,” saying, “My brain is wired that way. I always want to write in a way that doesn’t preclude optimism.”
Echo of the Boom is being hailed as the spiritual prequel of The Road. This YA novel subverts the genre and is a book especially made for the 21st century. Author Maxwell Neely Cohen talks to The Rumpus about his book.
The book was always such a sprawling disaster, so having a prevailing pre-apocalyptic overtone just really helped to keep everything under control. What’s interesting is that this control came less from some concrete absolute world-ending event—which, to be fair, isn’t exactly how the book ends—but rather each character’s particular relationship with the assumed possibility that the world was going to end. It allowed me to just define them within those terms, within that version of their journey, and get rid of everything else.