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.

Marie-Helene Bertino shares her favorite heroines and those who didn’t deserve to be on the list.
None of the kids from The Chronicles of Narnia make this list because they are indistinguishable from one another, quipless, and boring. As a kid, I rooted for the lion to eat them.


Vogue got hold of Marlon James for an interview after winning the Man Booker Prize this year.
I do sometimes look at other writers as competition and think, I need to step my game up. I read James Ellroy and think that. David Foster Wallace and think that. Zadie Smith and think that. Salman Rushdie and think that. Don DeLillo and think that. But that just makes me want to rush to the desk and write.

It’s time for another Nell Zink piece. It’s always time for the powerful american wizard living in Germany.
This question almost makes me think you seriously believe I give a rat’s ass about ratings on Buzzfeed! Like the essay says (in terms not calculated to be understood by the usual clientele of Buzzfeed), you can shake off the feeling that life is pointless by taking an active part in things you believe have a point.

Kate Gavino who makes amazing drawings of authors and their quotes on Last Night’s Reading has a book! Read her book notes for it.
Last Night’s Reading, the book, is a collection of old and new author portraits, but it is also a love letter to the authors and bookstores who make book readings possible. This playlist begins in 2008, when I first moved to New York, and then follows me through the literary events that have brought me to present day.

AV Club talked to Mark Z. Danielewski about five books that are disturbing but beautiful.
Beauty for me is a complicated word; I don’t use it in terms of that which is appealing. I do find that literature is beautiful when it unsettles, when its roots drive up the calm causeways of our social intercourse and breaks it apart and it looms up above us all.

And part 2 of the Obama/Marilynne Robinson conversation!
Well, you know, I mean, when I do book signings, for example, and people come up one by one and talk to me about their lives, if there’s time [to] do that, how earnest they are, how deeply committed they are to sustaining people they feel close to or responsible for and so on—there they are, the people that you think of as the sustainers of a good society.

Alex Mar wrote Witches of America, a book about witchcraft, feminism and the impact of rituals.
I started out like most people. My encounters with the Pagan community involved taking part in rituals that were very public, sometimes large rituals. It was a fun celebration, like walking around the maypole, taking part in rituals where no one had to be an initiate of a specific coven or tradition. And then I realized I wanted to know more, and I wanted to go deeper.


Bored to Death book club is set up by two sisters who love to read and have nothing better to do than to start a book club.

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