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
George Saunders shares his writing education time line and an amazing picture.
For what seems, in chagrined memory, like eighteen hours, I tell him all of my ideas about Art and list all the things that have been holding me back artistic-development-wise and possibly (God! Yikes!) ask if he ever listens to music while he writes. He’s kind and patient and doesn’t make me feel like an idiot. I do that myself, once I hang up.
Orhan Pamuk looks at Istanbul with a strangeness in his mind.
I see the social change of the streets, of the shops, everything, of the way people behave, of the way people walk, talk, enjoy themselves in the streets of Istanbul, through the eyes of a lower-class character, Mevlut Karatas
The Millions did an interview with Paul Murray, author of Skippy Dies and the recent The Mark and the Void.
I think literature is not actually especially important to Ireland. If you go to Germany, people there read like motherfuckers. And if you do a reading there, they charge an entry fee, and you get a couple of hundred people, even if you’re not that well known an author. And they want an hour and a half of your time. Because they’re serious readers.
Chris Ware explains why he loves comics in comic form.
Born before daylight, we spend half our time asleep in darkness, trying not to forget ourselves.
We just really love Margaret Atwood, OK? Here is she again talking to Lithub about using science in literature.
And my background is probably part of why I’m capable of doing it. I think a lot of people who write novels and have only been trained in the humanities, don’t [include much science in their writing] because they never immersed themselves in it. They fear math and everything else: they don’t want to know what the ants are up to behind their backs. Whereas I do want to know.
Maris Kreizman reveals the Slaughterhouse 90210 library.
Marilynne Robinson is one of my favorite writers because she tackles issues of morality and religious faith without being judgmental or self-serious. Her novels contain just the right words of wisdom to describe characters from TV’s greatest antiheroes, like Walter White of Breaking Bad, or nighttime soap’s greatest antiheroes, like Julie Cooper-Nichol from The OC.
John Scalzi posted about Catherynne M. Valente, writing about her newest novel Radiance, because it includes space whales!
It has about six. It’s a decopunk alt-history Hollywood space opera mystery thriller. With space whales. Over-egging the pudding, you say? Too many cooks going at the soup? Gilding that lily like it’s going to the prom? I say: grab your eggs and hold onto your lilies because I am cannonballing into that soup FULL SPEED AHEAD. It is the souping hour up in here and I’ve got a rocket-powered ladle ready to go.