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.

Zadie Smith wrote a thoughtful piece in diaries for Rookie.
I realize I don’t want any record of my days. I have the kind of brain that erases everything that passes, almost immediately, like that dustpan-and-brush dog in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sweeping up the path as he progresses along it. I never know what I was doing on what date, or how old I was when this or that happened—and I like it that way.


Sandra Newman’s latest was in our Unopened Book of last week and now she’s sharing songs that fit her book on Largehearted Boy.
Because I’m a frighteningly obsessive person, I actually had an Ice Cream Star playlist which I listened to exclusively when I was working on the book, and which changed only slightly over the three years it took to write it.

This interview with Jonathan Franzen is getting a lot of flack, but is it warranted? He sure is mean to Jennifer Weiner though…
You want to be told good people are good, bad people are bad, and love conquers all. And love is more important than money. You know, all these schmaltzy tropes. That’s exactly what you want if you’re having a hard life. Who am I to tell people that they need to have their noses rubbed in moral complexity?

Issa Rae broke out with her web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, but now has a book deal and an upcoming pilot on HBO. Sometimes things will go your way.
In a selfish way it’s about creating what I want to see, and that’s the most exciting part. Especially when I get to see it come to life and see other people bring it to life — that collaborative process is so thrilling to me. There’s something about creating something out of nothing that’s so exhilarating and so fun. I just love it.

Lorrie Moore talks about Miranda July’s work and we like both women, so this is a treat!
And so one welcomes the multitalented Miranda July to the land of novel-writing. She is difficult to categorize. She is between generations. She believes in psychic connection, the spiritually purifying aspects of passion, the porousness of the self. Her lines sing. She can sing. She doesn’t know that much about narrative structure. No one belongs here more than she.


Bored to Death book club is set up by two sisters who love to read and have nothing better to do than to start a book club.

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