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.
Megan Mayhew Bergman re-imagines the life of Dolly Wilde, the niece of Oscar Wilde in this new fiction piece.
You wouldn’t have liked Dolly if you met her, that last year. She spent a lot of time screaming in her bedroom, complaining about the wallpaper. She claimed she couldn’t be left alone with bad wallpaper, because that was how her uncle Oscar had died, and she was his reincarnation, and wasn’t it dangerous to leave a narrative thread dangling that way?
J. Ryan Strandal talks about his new novel with Los Angeles Magazine.
I guess, but once I create a character in my mind, they’re going to do what they’re going to do, you know? They feel like friends and acquaintances, and writing is hanging out with them. I don’t feel like I’m so much telling them what to do as much as transcribing what they do [laughs]. Once I’ve concocted them, they’ve got a mind of their own. And I throw situations at them, like “Oh, your favorite thing is your bicycle? How about I take your bicycle! What do you think of that?”
The Oyster Review interviewed Kate Bolick, author of Spinster, and asked her to list five books everyone should read.
When I took this assignment I thought, “How easy!” Hah, hah, hah. “Should” and “everyone” are such tricky words. Ideally, none of us “should” do anything, and yet that truism is among the few things we all have in common (along with blood, veins, bone, etc.), which makes picking books for “everyone” impossible, basically. So I’ve decided to be as literal-minded as I’m able by choosing five works that, for me, somehow bridged the divide between myself and the rest of the world and might, therefore, do the same for you.
Evie Wyld turned her fear of sharks into a graphic novel and gives no-nonsense advice. It’s the best way of dealing with fears.
If you absolutely don’t want to get eaten by a shark then don’t go in the sea. It’s that simple.
Jeff VanderMeer got the AMA treatment over at Reddit.
I’d love to just sit and shoot the breeze with Angela Carter. Just talk about writing and books. That would’ve been something, for me.
The Rumpus interviews Mia Alvar about her latest book and her choice to write short stories.
The more I explored my own material, a lot of which came out of family anecdotes and childhood memories, the more the form seemed to suit itself to the kind of storytelling I was around my whole life.