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.
Kate Beaton talks to Vulture about female superheroes, Brönte and being a woman working in comics.
Well, I was going to make a strip about Marie-Joseph Angélique of Montreal. She was accused of starting a fire that burned the city down [in 1734], but she was probably a scapegoat because she was a slave. Her story stands out because it’s a Canadian story. In Canada, we like to pretend thatyou guys were the only ones who had slavery. We’re like, “We had the underground railroad! This is where people came to be free!”
We really enjoyed Steve Toltz’ previous novel, so of course we’re sharing a playlist for his latest book Quicksand. Read an excerpt of the novel over at Lit Hub.
I have been playing Oscar Peterson’s Night Train on a near-continuous loop since March 1992, when I had to write my first university essay – it was still playing around April of this year when I finished the last edits on Quicksand. At first I considered just listing the whole album as the playlist, but there are songs whose lyrics fanned the flames of ideas contained within the novel, and shine a little light on why I wrote about them in the first place.
George Saunders interviewed Ben Marcus for Granta. Two pretty awesome guys talking, what else do you need to hear from us?
That’s the third longest question I’ve ever been asked. And I’m tempted to answer briefly: yes. Yes to all of it. But there’s so much more to say, I know, and these are things I wonder and worry about all the time.
Joyce Carol Oates wrote a memoir and NPR talked to her about her past, growing up and her family.
“I spent a lot of time alone and I think to be a reader and a serious writer you have to spend time alone,” she says. “I like to work alone, to walk around, to be out in the orchard. I had my special places where I walked along the Tonawanda Creek. I had my bicycle. I spent a lot time thinking, and daydreaming and making up little stories, just kind of imagining things.”
Mia Alvar talked to Hazzlit about expat communities and migration.
There’s a very solid concept of, like, “I’m coming here and I put down roots here and become a Canadian and become an American.” I’ve never heard a Filipino say, I’m going to become a Bahraini or a Saudi. It’s this idea, this kind of waystation—where people are biding their time and saving their money before they return home, sometimes after many decades in some cases. Or sort of hanging out until the next permanent place.