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.
Mark Z. Danielewski talks about vol. 1 of his new novel The Familiar that will consist of 27 parts.
I have 10 volumes. But in writing the tenth, I … understood intimately how to re-write the first. So now I’m going back and — it was literally a page one re-write for Volume 1, and Volume 2 was the same. We’re looking at about two volumes a year, possibly three volumes a year.
Sheila Heti published a short story in The New Yorker called My Life is a Joke.
When I drew my last breath, no one saw me. The car that hit me drove quickly away, and a driver stopped to carry me out of the center of the road. I was already dead when he carried me, so I can say I died alone.
Kate Bolick from talks about Spinster with Barnes & Noble.
The reason I used Spinster as the title of the book is because it immediately broadcasts this archaic fear. Nobody uses the word seriously anymore. We use it only self-deprecatingly, only in jokes, but we all agree on what a spinster is: a repressed, lonely, frigid old woman who lives with her cats. It fascinates me that the spinster’s specter still haunts us even though she doesn’t exist.
The New York Times talked to Daniel Clowes because his collection The Complete Eightball comes out next month.
Guys who ran comics stores back then were actively hostile to the kinds of comics I was doing. It was more about the fantasy aspect of it, the superheroes, the gaming. I’ve heard many stories of people trying to buy my comics back then and having the store owner say, “Why do you want this?”