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.
Margaret Atwood did an AMA on Reddit and as always she has fantastic answers
I think the main thing is: Just do it. Plunge in! Being Canadian, I go swimming in icy cold lakes, and there is always that dithering moment. “Am I really going to do this? Won’t it hurt?” And at some point you just have to flop int there and scream. Once you’re in, keep going. You may have to crumple and toss, but we all do that. Courage! I think that is what’s most required.
Rebecca Solnit writes about how 2014 was an amazing year for women.
You can almost think of 2014 as a parody of those little calendars with the flower or the gemstone of the month. January was not for garnets; it was finally talking about online threats.
Did you already know that Patton Oswalt, loved comedian, is also a poetry buff? He talks about it with The New York Times and of course more about his new book.
I hate to say it, but “Jaws” is just awful. Highest example of adaptation from page to film improving a work. Ugh. The whole Hooper and Brody’s wife affair. And that shoulder shrug of an ending. The shark just gets tired? Snore.
Megan Daum tells Largehearted Boy about the music she listened to while writing Unspeakable.
Because in my alternate (i.e. non-existent) life I am a singer songwriter, I tend to think of my books – and books in general – as non-musical versions of musical compositions. A novel might be like an opera. And a collection of essays, especially one like The Unspeakable, in which the pieces were written specifically for the book and intended to be read either individually or as a cohesive enterprise, feels a lot like the work of a 1970s-style singer-songwriter. In other words, an old-fashioned album.
At The Millions several authors relay the best advice on writing they’ve ever gotten. We liked this advice by Mary Lee Settle to Richard Bausch:
“Aw, Sweetness, you’ve just got to get stupid again, watch a lot of dumb movies and read a bunch of bad mystery novels, give the urn time to fill up again, it’ll pour when it’s ready.”