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 Gavino of Last Night’s Reading is sharing her literary crushes.
Since I’ve been a booknerd my whole life, I’ve had my fair share of literary crushes. Sure, they’re not my main driving force for reading, but they do make the books more enjoyable. Here are some of the most important ones through the years.
Gordon Lish is almost as known as Raymond Carver. As his editor, he’s spilling some dirt over at The Guardian.
Because I’ve got the fucking gift for it. Instinct, call it. Whatever the property, in truth or in delusion, I depend on it. Without a hitch. I would regard myself as infallibly able to make distinctions between this and that, distinctions others would either not make or would withdraw from acknowledging.
Rick Moody discusses his new novel with NPR. Listen or read to the interview.
I mean, in a way, it’s what do I think about online life in general. I think that the book, for me, is an attempt to get at the psychology of online life in general. I feel that online life is characterized by estrangement and longing, that those are two of its features frequently, you know.
Jami Attenberg is taking only eight dresses with her on book tour.
So I take eight dresses with me. Also one pair of jeans, a sweater, and a T-shirt and some leggings, for all the yoga I’m going to do, ha-ha-ha. I make a deal with myself that the first thing I will do upon entering every hotel room is unpack my dresses. I invent a ritual for safety. Then I pack them in the suitcase and pray for loose folds, clean lines, and literary accomplishment.
Last week Leena Krohn’s Collected Fiction came out, so before you buy that tome, read one of her stories.
The unused sidetrack led to an overgrown yard of a derelict factory. This was the Ultima Thule of the city, the kind of neighborhood people moved into only if they had no alternative. It had housing projects, a supermarket, a primary school, two kiosks, a bus terminus, some paint factories and National Railways’ storage areas.
Claire Vaye Watkins responds to all the responses on her essay ‘On Pandering’ in a conversation with Marlon James.
I was happy, excited that the conversation had all these new voices in it. And I think I started the speech, even, by saying, “I’m asking questions. If you’ve come to listen to this for answers, you might want to go to a different talk, because I don’t really have the answers.” And so I was delighted to hear it.