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
New fiction by Ben Marcus, called The Glowlight Blues, on The New Yorker.
Tonight’s party was in one of those long, skinny city apartments you’re supposed to verbally fellate with praise. It was like walking into a tiny, dismal doghouse, a real doghouse, and then kissing the furred ass of the dog who lived there, who was super annoyed to have you clogging up his tiny room. You were allowed to stay as long as you kept using your tongue.
Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, on Reddit.
Interesting, and funny, question. I cringe when someone writes in the first person, therefore can’t figure out how to describe the narrator, and so has them look into a mirror. “She gazed at her deep blue eyes and her dark red slightly curling hair…” But I know I have made many such bumbling mistakes myself.
Vol.1 Brooklyn interviewed Vendela Vida, talking about literary legacies and writing in the second person.
Patricia Highsmith was an influence on this book. But even more than her books, I was influenced by films based on her work, like Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, because it plays so much with identity and relies so much on pacing.
Scott Hawkins wrote the scariest book of the summer and Kirkus asked him about staying humble.
“I think there’s a tendency that a lot of people have to assume that we’re at the top of the food chain for a reason,” he continues, “and I liked tweaking the nose of that idea.”