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.
Michelle Hodkin, the author of the YA bestseller The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is speaking out about how she never wanted to be an author. Something that makes me resent her a little, but respect her a lot.
I was performing without realizing it, the central character in a narrative where sharp, capable Jewish girl goes out and becomes something, despite the mean girls who made her feel like nothing. I inhabited that character well, and it was 2009 — 10 years post high school — before I was ready to admit that the life I’d painstakingly built, the impressive life, the perfect-on-paper life, wasn’t the life I wanted.
A while ago we shared the news that Murakami started an advice column. Vulture combined the best parts, which you can now read here.
I suspect that either you or your cat is extremely sensitive. I have had many cats, but no cat has ever been so sympathetic. They were just as egotistical.
Ben Lerner was interviewed by The Quietus by someone who definitely knows their fiction.
I’m interested in the way that things that feel like essential aspects of your identify can be liquefied by new information and suddenly you have to reorient your whole identity. And I’m interested in the way in which that can be kind of a catastrophe but also how that can show you the possibility of the reorganisation of experience through fiction.
Author Christopher Pierznik talks about what happens when no one buys your book.
Inside, however, everything changes. I question it all. If no one is going to read it, why did I put so much energy into that book? Why did I agonize over the phrasing that takes place on page nine or the metaphor on page ninety-nine? Why did I choose that topic or story and why did I think it would resonate?