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.
Lauren Groff talks about the mythology of marriage with The Oyster Review.
It’s not at all romantic! Women were sold, basically. A husband is “someone who takes care of his wife.” It’s so gross. At the same time [marriage] is a fruitful place to live inside. It’s this intensely utopian community of two.
Salon interviewed 6 authors about what shaped their books and it’s a lot of fun. Here’s what Alexandra Kleeman had to say about reviews.
I like all the words they use; the only word that irritates me in reviews is “luminous.” My favorite review was by a reader who gave me one star. It ends “The writing is good, though. Sometimes I felt like I was watching a David Lynch film.”
Margo Jefferson wrote Negroland and talks to Electric Literature about her new book and the role of literature in the conversation about race.
What roles can literature best play at times like these? Literature makes worlds from words, and when readers enter those worlds their internal conversations can start changing. Because, for a time, they have to find new words: play an unexpected role in an unfamiliar world. Real literature makes that newness compelling. Even when you resist, it marks you.
Patrick deWitt discusses his interest in fairy tales and how he worked this into his new novel Undermajordomo Minor.
If you read Jewish fables, central and eastern European fables, the sheer quality of the storytelling is very high. They do so much in the space of a few pages. They are often strange, bleak, bizarre, and twisted. They are very funny. It’s just really rich material. It just seemed approachable to me in a way and a nice antidote to this banker book. To go from someone obsessed with numbers to something so much freer and so much more strange and magical. I was so relieved to leave the world of high finance.
Salman Rushie’s newest book Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights came out just last week and he also wrote a fairy tale!
When you’re telling a fairy tale and it’s not grounded in some vision of the real, then it’s just whimsical. And to my mind, it’s not interesting. Or it’s a children’s story. You’re just saying, “Once upon a time…” and anything can follow that sentence.
Mindy Kaling’s second memoir is hitting the shelves and The New York Times thought it was wise to ask her some bookish questions.
My book club would be held on Sunday afternoons. Dress code: warm-weather black tie. Cocktails from 3 to 3:30. Chitchat from 3:30 to 4. Personal drama from 4 to 5. Book discussion from 5 to 5:30. Early dinner from 5:30 to 7. Then everyone goes home.