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.
LA Review of Books interviewed B.J. Novak about his latest work The Book With No Pictures, which we of course reviewed for you earlier.
I felt there needed to be a lot to look at, and I wanted it to feel very much like the pictures were missing, that it was a mischievous choice of the book, which is why the book is the same large size as other picture books, and the paper is a very glossy white — it really feels like this is a book that would ordinarily have pictures, and so why doesn’t it?
Although Nell Zink didn’t win in the book club pick for February, you might still want to take a look at this interview with her.
Weekends were more convalescence than fun. Plus, I was just coming down from two years of reading almost nothing but Kafka and books he had recommended to his friends and little sisters—this is why I knew Robert Walser so well—and I felt like some time at a dead-end job in an urban bureaucracy would help me understand him more deeply.
Instead of an interview we are sharing a new piece of fiction written by Alissa Nutting who you should know from the novel Tampa. Her short story is called The Gift of the Damaging.
Della and Jimmy fought all the time. People often told them, “You fight like a married couple!” This joke was usually told by a mutual friend to diffuse tension, as Della and Jimmy’s fights public fights were personal and awkward.
We loved The Middlesteins so anything else Jami Attenberg writes is closely followed. Here she writes about that one time where she lied about being a psychic and it totally worked.
I’d never really been one for dressing up in costume (it’s enough work being me as it is, let alone anyone else), but this was Mardi Gras season in New Orleans: If costumes weren’t necessarily mandatory, they were highly recommended.
And in A Year in Reading Rachel Fershleiser tells about her favorite books of this year. Of course Dept. of Speculation deserved a spot on that list.
It is an expansive work about life as we know it reduced so flawlessly to a sparse 177 pages that it’s hard to believe it didn’t take home every major literary prize there is. It might truly be perfect. Read it out loud to someone you love.