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 is teaching you how to send things to Germany.
To send stuff other than books: see above. But you can’t afford the postage anyway. Instead, quit your tedious dead-end job and move to Germany, bringing stuff for your expat friends in your luggage. Suggestions: limited-edition commemorative T-shirts, products involving marshmallow (hard to find because it’s apparently something Turkish that Turks don’t really like) or chocolate-mint flavor.
Maria Dahvana Headley picks out the songs that accompanied her YA novel Magonia.
My new book, Magonia, is a combination of lots of things, maybe of everything I could think of. I was trying to write the kind of fantasy you read when you’re a first reading, the kind that makes you wonder how the world really works, combined with talk of death and disaster, because hey, the world, any world, has pain in it.
Listen to Louisa Hall talk about her novel Speak and discuss the future, robots and artificial intelligence. And you can read an excerpt of her novel right here.
I think I take Alan Turing’s line on this, which I find incredibly humane. One of the big objections to the idea of artificial intelligence when he was first proposing it, was that if a machine can’t compose a sonnet based on feelings actually felt, then we can’t say it’s living. And his response to that was: How do you know if feelings are actually felt? How do you know if somebody else hurts the same way when you make fun of them? How do you know that another person of another religion, say, feels the same kind of sadness that you do?
Michel Faber talks to The Irish Times about his books, the death of his wife and how she enjoyed the adaptation of his book Under the Skin.
My positive feelings about the Under The Skin movie are partly because I was so relieved that my wife got to see it before she died. She’d been waiting for it for 10 years and was already in hospital when I took her out to the premiere. If it had been faithful but mediocre, she would have been very disappointed.
Helen Phillips, author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat is showing us her home, no matter how small it might be.
Pair that with coming upon the model apartment in Ikea for a family of four in less than 600 square feet — I lingered there, contemplated cunning storage systems, reassured myself that we’re not crazy, that I’m not a failure for offering my children less square footage than I had as a kid.