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.
Maris Kreizman interviewed Erika Swyler about loving libraries, books and the circus.
Yes, you can ask me about clown school! People always ask me, What is your fascination with the circus? And it did start with my fascination about carnival. But it also came from — I was in college for the least useful degree ever, which is experimental theater. So I can ask you if you want fries with that, using interpretive dance.
Authors share their own road stories with The NY Times to prepare you for The End of the Tour.
Some of these lovely people will want to stick out in the author’s memory of the evening. Others want to give the author something in trade for the good read the author has given them. And so, at every event, you’ll get gifts.
Ben Marcus curated a collection of American short stories with some amazing authors.
If you think an anthology is an official collection of things, you’re crazy. There are a lot of these out there. There’re some coming out every year, like the Best American series and the O. Henry series. There’re lots of them that’ll look at a specific time and pick out lots of stories worth reading from then. I think the idea is to look at these things as tantalizing entryways into stories and what they’re capable of rather than as anything definitive. I don’t know I’d ever trust one that presumed it was definitive.
Louisa Hall gave her novel Speak the book notes treatment.
I don’t listen to music while I’m writing—I like to write in quiet places so that I can hear the voices of the characters I’m writing about. But after I finished writing Speak, I found that all kinds of music I loved and often listened to connected somehow to the book I’d just written. This is a list of music that speaks to lonely and frightening future worlds, robots coming to life, and the desire to escape from a reality that somehow feels false.
Who would have thought that Alan Moore would speak out against comics?
If my comments or opinions are going to provoke such storms of upset, then considering that I myself am looking to severely constrain the amount of time I spend with interviews and my already very occasional appearances, it would logically be better for everyone concerned, not least myself, if I were to stop issuing those comments and opinions. Better that I let my work speak for me, which is all I’ve truthfully ever wanted or expected, both as a writer and as a reader of other authors’ work.
Read the commencement address by Donald Antrim, delivered at his alma mater.
There is a dream, a type of dream, a category of dreams, known as the Actor’s Nightmare. The Actor’s Nightmare is the dream of standing naked on a stage, alone and unprotected in the play, alone in the lights, unsure of one’s lines, unsure of the story at all. We’ve likely all had this dream, in one form or another, at some point in our lives, maybe when confronting something frightening or difficult in waking life.
The Oyster asked Rainbow Rowell to espouse some wisdom on fandom.
If you liked something, there was this real sense of solitude with your interest. It was so rare to find someone who shared your interest, and when you did find someone, you clung to that person, even if you weren’t the best match, because it was so rare to find someone.