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.
The New York Times asked Ursula K. Le Guin a little something about her book life.
I read mostly novels, any kind of novels, and poetry, and all kinds of nonfiction, especially some kinds of science, biographies, some history, and books about and by Native Americans, and Tierra del Fuego, and Darwinian adaptation — oh, give me a book and if it’s interesting, I’ll read it. Avoidance? At the moment, I tend to avoid fiction about dysfunctional urban middle-class people written in the present tense. This makes it hard to find a new novel, sometimes.Sarah Gerard was doing some interviews again. Here she chats with The Rumpus about how her book is doing and her new chapbook BFF.
I don’t know if I want her to read it. If she does I’m okay with that. My only hope in writing it was to find some closure. I blocked her on Facebook years ago and I unblocked her, wondering where she was and what she was up to and looking at her pictures, I was really affected by it. I think I realized that I needed to understand her. It’s really powerful watching a girl grow into a woman as another female. You feel like you’re bodily connected. People in general are really complicated, but women especially are complex.
Electric Literature is introducing Monica Byrne as their new columnist.
What I want to change about the cultural conversation is the variety of voices speaking. This is already well underway. There are already so many brilliant cultural critics in particular—Roxane Gay, Janet Mock, Jenna Wortham, Ayesha Siddiqi, Britni Danielle—and I’m just following their lead. But I’m also hoping to pioneer crowdfunding as an option for journalists, so we don’t have to sacrifice our ideals to be able to eat.
Kathleen Alcott talks to Brooklyn Magazine about Infinite Home.
We were meant to be really resilient and not need anything but the bags on our shoulders. I wanted to imagine how some hapless people who didn’t have that resilience or those inner and external resources would deal.
Lidia Yuknavitch writes about Lithuanian folklore and the violence within women.
Violence doesn’t only exist in men. Think of mother violence, for example. When my son was in grade school I had hysterically violent thoughts. I was afraid he’d be bullied. I actually pictured the moment—I saw myself stride across the school grounds, pick a bully child up by his ankles, hold him upside down, shake the shit out of him, and fling him in a dumpster. I thought all the way through “Mamma has to go to jail.” My Lithuanian grandmother cut the tip off my father’s tongue as a boy.