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.
Over at The Rumpus Rebecca Makkai chats about male anorexia and of course her newest novel.
I can tell you which character changed the most. That was Case. He started out as a guy named Steve who was dealing with anorexia. Once I took the anorexia away in a late draft of the novel there was nothing for him to do. So I changed him from a sad sack to a cocky jerk and started making bad things happen to him.
Kazuo Ishiguro opens up about how he write his famous work The Remains of the Day.
I was then 32 years old, and we’d recently moved into a house in Sydenham, south London, where for the first time in my life I had a dedicated study. (I’d written my first two novels at the dining table.) It was actually a kind of large cupboard on the half-landing and lacked a door, but I was thrilled to have a space where I could spread my papers around as I wished and not have to clear them away at the end of each day. I stuck up charts and notes all over the peeling walls and got down to writing.
A book club discussion with Caitlin Moran about her own book How to Build a Girl. There is apparently going to be a sequel!
They’re a collection of coloured post-it notes on the wall at the moment. We’ve got to write the screenplay for “How To Build A Girl” first—it’s going to be a film! Hurrah!
Meghan Daum’s Unspeakable is getting rave reviews. She talks with The Hairpin about things that are unspeakable, reading comments on her work and Joni Mitchell.
It’s hard to avoid them on Twitter because you get those notifications…I do not have a Google alert on my name or anything like that. I do, though, read comments on news stories, and things that I read, because as a columnist it’s a way of getting some sense on what people are thinking.
Ben Lerner’s new book is a nominee for our book club pick, so let’s see what he has to say about his year of reading.
Please read this book with me because everybody who reads it gets to enter a meadow where we can dance and die together
Cheryl Strayed’s memoir was a big hit and is coming to the big screen very soon. She talks to Word and Film about the adaptation
I felt that quote was not quite what I meant to say. What I meant is that I love that Nick Hornby adapted Wild and I’m grateful to him. But also, because I was so involved, I really got an education in screenwriting and filmmaking as I was also always on the set and weighing in on the script.
John Darnielle talks about the inspiration for his book in this article titled How My Life was Eventually Changed by a Stranger’s Offer to Supply me with Knives. That man has a way with words.
The one I’m remembering here was subject-lined SUPPLY OF KNIVES. To me, this looks like the name of a band I might like — maybe some label I didn’t know about was trying to send me a promo? That would be badass; I was pretty into getting promos of stuff I hadn’t heard about back then, bands with names like SUPPLY OF KNIVES toiling away out there in Torrance or Downey or wherever.