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.
A interesting take on fan fiction: how it can make you a better feminist by Anna Anderson.
Influential British feminist Caitlin Moran famously goaded Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (who plays Watson) into reading explicit fic out loud for a crowd, and it apparently never crossed her mind that she was literally holding up another woman’s erotic imagination for public ridicule.
My rule of thumb when I’m writing is to be as lean as possible regardless of what I’m writing. I thought, if I don’t have to go big, why go big? I’m not going to be able to keep it clean that way.
Teju Cole was interviewed by Post 45 and they asked him the term afropolitan and Real Politics. Fun!
The discourse around Afropolitanism foregrounds questions of class in ways the “I’m not Afropolitan” crowd don’t want to deal with and in ways the “I’m Afropolitan” crowd are often too blithe about. Collectively, we could do better. The phenomena described—Afropolitanism, pan-Africanism—are real, and interesting, and discomfiting, and for very many of us, no matter how we squeal, the shoe fits.
NBC News talks to Cristina Henriquez, author of Unknown Americans after finding her on the 100 notable books of 2014 list.
My writing students come to me with anxiety about being published, and I tell them that it doesn’t really matter how fast you write or how quickly you get published. It matters how well you write.
The Millions talks to Miranda July as she is promoting her newest book The First Bad Man.
I probably have a special ability to do that because I am prone to those kinds of misconceptions myself, but I’m self-aware enough — it’s just something I laugh about, and maybe it’s a little bit embarrassing sometimes. So it’s fun to be able to be like, well, fuck that, I’m going to take this kind of thing all the way.
Rebecca Mead will explain to you the Percy Jackson Problem.
Riordan’s books prompt an uneasy interrogation of the premise underlying the “so long as they’re reading” side of the debate—at least among those of us who want to share Neil Gaiman’s optimistic view that all reading is good reading, and yet find ourselves by disposition closer to the Tim Parks end of the spectrum, worried that those books on our children’s shelves that offer easy gratification are crowding out the different pleasures that may be offered by less grabby volumes.
We’ll put up a review of Lurid & Cute by Adam Thirlwell soon, but already read about his work here.
The risk is in that kind of confessional tone. The problem with confession as a literary form is, do you ever go far enough? You always end up on just the right side of likability. So the real risk is of becoming genuinely unlikable.