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.
Amelia Gray has written a teaser for her newest book Gutshot. I love the idea of teasers for books. More of the same please!
The woman and man are on a date. It is a date! The woman rubs a lipstick print off her water glass. The man turns his butter knife over and over and over and over and over. Everyone has to pee. What’s the deal with dates! The man excuses himself. At the table, the woman scratches her forearm a little too hard and a slice of skin peels up with her fingernail. She tries to smooth it back but it doesn’t go even when she presses her palm to it. It curls around itself like a pencil shaving. The woman is dismayed.
Heidi Julavits talkes to Vulture about her book The Folded Clock and about mortality.
Take parenting. “Child-rearing is really boring,” she says between bites of bratwurst and sauerkraut. “But I think the sense that’s pushing on you a little bit is that even though you know that someday this person will call you once every four months, someday you’re going to be in a position where this person barely thinks about you for weeks at a time, even though you know you have that heartbreak awaiting you, you can’t make yourself less bored in the moment.”
7 writers reflect on failure for the Guardian. Advice by Margaret Atwood, Lionel Shriver, Julian Barnes and the likes of them.
Get back on the horse that threw you, as they used to say. They also used to say: you learn as much from failure as you learn from success.
The New York Times talks with Lydia Davis about her reading life. Spoiler alert: She did not enjoy Harry Potter.
I have no single favorite, but I’ve always liked Flaubert’s two retired clerks, Bouvard and Pécuchet, in the novel of the same name; they live together in the country and spend their days in self-guided study, abandoning one discipline after another. They remind me of some of Beckett’s odd couples.
Ursula Le Guin has a nice chat with Den of Geek about genre fiction, literary snobbery and adaptations of her work.
I said that specifically talking about what happens to women writers. They get disappeared very quickly, so often and so unjustly. Then there has to be this laborious attempting to bring them back, sometimes succeeding and sometimes not. There is a real injustice there. It’s awful to think that you might just get sort of swept off the map simply because you were a woman writer instead of a man writer. You know, what the hell?