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.
Short fiction by Charles Yu on Motherboard called Re: re: Microwave in the break room doing weird things to fabric of spacetime.
It’s hard to say what’s worse; endless inter-office email threads or tears in the space-time continuum. Well, the two collide in this mashup of modern foibles and tried-and-true sci-fi tropes, from the incomparable Charles Yu.
Chrissy Kolaya with Book Notes on her novel Charmed Particles.
As a writer, you’re told to come up with an elevator pitch for your book—a concise, punchy way you’d describe it to a publisher should you find yourself in a confined space with such a highly sought-after captive audience and a spare 30 seconds on your hands. As the kind and thoughtful people who’ve asked me “Hey, what’s your book about?” and have then watched me break out in a cold sweat and a stammering response can attest, this book is weird and difficult to explain concisely.
Crave interviewed Paul Murray about The Mark and The Void and banking.
Banking was of interest because Ireland was really demolished by the financial crisis. I think it was the biggest loss of wealth of any sovereign nation in peace time. The bottom dropped out and everybody was very afraid and very ashamed. It was a tremendously disorientating and upsetting time. I felt so angry about what the banks had done and angry about what we as people had colluded with.
David Mitchell gives writing advice over at Lit Hub.
I read things I need to read because they feed into research. I read friends’ books because they’ve read mine. I read people who have had to think about the same things I’m thinking about with this book. If you’re writing a ghost story, read ghost stories.
Neil Gaiman on the internet on Buzzfeed. Greatly meta.
What the internet gives us that’s fascinating is the long tail, and what I like to think of as the big village, the village of your own kind. I think that’s the strength of something like Tumblr and the weakness of it.