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.
Chloe Caldwell was getting tired of people wanting to picking her brain about getting what she has.
I guess I just want people to be more aware of the phrase “how did you get” because usually the person didn’t “get’ anything and while they respond to your email of how they “got” what they “got” it’s taking away from them “getting it, girl.” I got what I got because I sit here in yoga pants and acne all day working my ass off. This is not to say I am not grateful and flattered. I am. But there’s something about it that makes me feel defensive, and used, and dirty.
Alexandra Kleeman talks about how you can have a body and a debut novel just like hers.
Like, you’re awake and you’re alert and you’re in a good mood and you can write that first part of the scene that you had in mind, but then you hit this impassable wall, where it’s like what I thought should happen next is not good enough to happen next—it doesn’t do everything I hoped it would, now I’ve written negative words, I’ve gone backwards, and I have to figure out how to write the better thing which I couldn’t figure out after thinking about it for weeks.
Listen or read this interview with Ariel Schrag about teens and comics.
Well it’s funny. I did a reading once and this kid came up to me afterwards and he was like ‘I have to tell you something.’ And I was like this is kind of creepy. ‘I did that. I pretended to be trans.’ I was shocked. Apparently he kept his deception to the internet, he didn’t go out in real life. But I was definitely like – you are a creep. I mean it’s a creepy thing.
We can’t help but share any interview Margaret Atwood does. All her answers are thoughtful and amazing.
The interesting thing about Game of Thrones is that it’s not finished yet, so you can’t find out what happens next. Some of us don’t believe that Jon Snow is really dead. And others of us are placing our bets on the Mother of Dragons.
Helen Phillips shares the music that suits her book The Beautiful Bureaucrat and Electric Literature shares an excerpt of her book.
In the summer of 2013, I was millimeters away from abandoning the manuscript of The Beautiful Bureaucrat. It was a 350-page mess that I’d been working on for five years. The most recent version had been drafted in 2011-2012 when I was pregnant with my daughter and desperate to complete something before my life jumped off the cliff of motherhood.
Will Chancellor writes about ambition, or whatever.
For a generation with closets full of flannel shirts and a soft spot for Reality Bites, there’s nothing more suspicious than a big talker without a clear goal—and maybe rightly so.
Ta-nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay about his new book and the responsibilities of a writer.
I feel some need to represent where I’m from. But ultimately I think my only real responsibility is to — as much as possible — interrogate my own truths. This is to say not merely writing what I think is true, but using the writing to turn that alleged truth over and over, to stress-test it, in the aim of producing something readable.