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
Nell Zink writes for Buzzfeed about being Culturally Significant.
For many years — nearly 20 — I have lived far away from many of the people I love best. But we still feel close, because we write long, private, free-form letters. It’s good practice for writing stories and novels, apparently. So when I was hailed as a genius for publishing The Wallcreeper and offered serious money to publish Mislaid, my first thought was, If I can do this, so can all my friends! Immediately, I started enlisting them.
Louisa Meets Bear is the short story collection from Lisa Gornick, about small decisions that can ripple through unconnected lives according to NPR.
I really – I started with the idea of putting together a collection of short stories. And there were originally two sets of stories that were linked internally to one another, but the others weren’t related. And as I was rereading – I was repeating the stories in the order in which they’d been written – and they’d been written over 20 years – I was struck by how, on some deep level, It felt as though they were connected, as though the characters could have been siblings or childhood friends or ex-lovers.
Bomb Magazine talks to Joshua Cohen about his much talked about ‘internety’ novel Book of Numbers.
I didn’t intend it to be anti-technology at all. Maybe anti-human—only in the sense that you can’t be skeptical of technology without being skeptical of the humans who make it, who use it. Machines are just our proxies. Everything is our fault—everything.
Emily St. John Mandel wrore for The Guardian about the War of the Encyclopaedists and writers collaborating.
This is that rarest of literary contraptions, a collaborative debut novel. The book is primarily concerned with the complicated friendship, coming of age and love interests of two young Seattle men, Halifax Corderoy and Mickey Montauk. They self-identify as hipsters.
Page One, Panel One with Noelle Stevenson about Nimona, The Lumberjanes and Marvel.
Nimona’s basic concept existed as a supervillain character named Nightshade that I had when I was in high school. She looked pretty different than Nimona—she had black hair and an eyepatch.
Karolina Waclawiak, who wrote The Invaders, experimented with Crystal Therapy Meditation.
The goal is to foster a strange interconnectedness with the land and with yourself. If this sounds like something out of a New Age manual, I understand. But of course, I had to try it for myself.