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.
Two writers, Sarah Gerard and Ben Fama, discuss how to ignore unhelpful reviewers over at Lithub.
The first thing I’ll say is that I don’t read Goodreads reviews. I haven’t since the beginning because I could tell from the start that they were too subjective to be helpful to me. I’m also skeptical of anyone who takes their own Goodreads reviewing too seriously.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks to The Wall Street Journal about African Literature and how it doesn’t just deal with Africa’s problems.
“When we talk about the developing world, there’s this idea that everybody should be fighting for the poor,” she says. Though it might seem obvious to point out, she adds, “people are diverse, and there are different things that are going on with them.”
Amelia Gray shared the editing process of one of her short stories with Real Pants. Very insightful!
John McElwee and I edited the piece over the course of one week, exchanging about 60 emails back-and-forth with full drafts, small line changes, and fact checking.
Mensah Demary talks about what it is like to be an author on twitter and how it influences the way you look at yourself.
I once tweeted to a fellow writer that Twitter was far more invaluable to my writing career than relocating to Brooklyn. After writing this, I held my phone and stared at the tweet in my app, and I felt a little ridiculous. Twitter was a useful tool, yes—a necessary platform, maybe—but “invaluable” seemed a stretch. It implied, to me, that I’ve spent inordinate amounts of time on Twitter, and was perhaps invested in the lives and words of people who, for the most part, I haven’t met in real life and may never get to meet offline. I felt guilty. I felt ashamed.
Martha Brockenbrough talks to Kirkus about her new book (that I’m very excited about) The Game of Love and Death.
I hope it serves to warm readers, and just as quilts themselves can carry messages and patterns that reflect the quilter’s state of mind, this book really says what I think about life and death and the love that happens in the midst of all that.