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.

How to get published in a literary magazine? Lincoln Michel will tell you all about it.
I am not trying to brag, humble or otherwise, but merely establishing that perhaps the only thing I’m actually qualified to talk about in this world is literary magazine publication. Does the world need another submitting guide? Personally, I’ve found that far too many of these columns are long on vague clichés and short on real talk. I’m going to try to drop what serious lit subbing knowledge I have. Use at your peril.


Carmiel Banasky, who wrote The Suicide of Claire Bishop, talks madness with Brooklyn Rail.
I didn’t start off with any kind of agenda, but when I went back to revise and I needed something to keep me going, it was the idea that I wanted his experience to be relatable, both for people who have experienced schizophrenia and other types of mental illness, but also for people who’ve never had those experiences.

Lorrie Moore on why we write and read short stories.
Short stories are about trouble in mind. A bit of the blues. Songs and cries that reveal the range and ways of human character. The secret ordinary and the ordinary secret.

Gillian Flynn is more interested in doing something different than in writing the next Gone Girl.
It’s a little intimidating to think about sending another thing out there. You’re never, ever going to repeat that thing – it was its own weird lightning in a bottle kind of thing. My job is to never, ever try to replicate that, because that’s how you write a really bad novel.

Sloane Crosley on the music that fits her new book The Clasp.
Music is important to The Clasp and you can tell because it’s on the first page — as in the copyright page. Even before the dedication, Pulp’s “Common People” gets a shout-out (rather, a “grateful acknowledgement for permission to reprint” the lyrics).

Sarah Gerard’s column for Hazzlit is about writing in prison.
I’ve been friends with Matthew Seger for five years and I’ve met him twice. The first time, we were separated by a Plexiglas window and were talking into receivers. I shared mine with my partner, his childhood best friend, and Matt had his own. We talked for exactly an hour.

Now that The Golden Compass is getting another shot at an adaptation, there’s no one better to interview than Pullman himself.
I think we all really like animals! We would all like to have spirit companions. It may be as simple as that. I can’t remember how the notion came to me except that it just sort of appeared, but it wasn’t just having daemons that was important; the important thing—the key to the whole story—was realizing that children’s daemons changed.


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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