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.
Justin Taylor is on book tour and he’s writing about his experiences for Lit Hub. Here a playlist that helps him get through the days.
That Wilco song that goes “[something something] get me out of FLA”. It’s on Being There, right? I think so. They’re one of those bands where you always have the option of paying a lot of attention to every little weird sound in the composition, or zooming out to the broadest riff/melody, and basically treating it like wallpaper. In the span of a trip, you may put the same music to both uses.
You guys, maybe we should stop making fun of Jonathan Franzen. Especially now that we are going to see him at John Adams.
His shyness is not to be overlooked, either. Franzen is pained and baffled when he hears himself described as misanthropic. “I don’t dislike people; I love people,” he says to me at one point.
Emma Donoghue dishes about what it’s like to have your book turned into a movie. Watch the trailer before you read it.
My role at this point was to cheer—it’s made it this far, it’s really going to happen!—and try not to get in the way. Although I was warmly welcomed on set when I visited a couple of times a week, and my opinion was respectfully solicited on everything from Ma’s hair color to the angle of Room’s roof, I didn’t kid myself that I had any real power. In fact I felt I could only put my oar in a few times without being an annoyance, so I tried to save my urgent pleas for the rare occasions I felt troubled about a decision.
Austin Grossman talks about his new book Crooked and his re-imagining of Richard Nixon and why it needed Black Magic.
And I thought to myself what would be a fun hidden thing that would be as dark as Nixon as dark as the Cold War. And, you have to go to Lovecraft. You have to go to Black Magic. So explaining the fear and the paranoia [around Nixon] and the strange meltdowns…and once it hits you, it starts to work together really well. But without that, Nixon is very hard to make sense of.