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.
Scott Hawkins’ scary novel was Reddit’s book club pick last month, so he did an AMA.
My kind of half-baked theory is that if you can get a giggle or a chill out of yourself on a reread, the chances are pretty good someone else will like it too. And there does seem to be an appetite for weird out there–I was sure someone was going to make me change my chapter titles, but I never heard a peep.
Charlie Jane Anders shares her influences for her novel All The Birds in the Sky.
Roald Dahl wrote these super-brutal, bitter stories about childhood that also are silly and weird and almost goofy. It’s incredibly harsh, but it’s also sweet in a way; terrible things happen, but then people do come through.
Rebecca Makkai shares her writing routine.
First thing I do each time, I invite my characters into the room. I summon them, one by one, name by name. Henry MacLain, I say, I invite you in. Dwayne’s mother the therapist who appears only in one scene, I invite you in. And then I listen to my characters. They perch all over my desk, my chair, my lap, and they tell me things. They whisper their secrets. And I don’t write; I transcribe.
Sunil Yapa is the protest novel for right now according to Vice.
If there is a connection between the Seattle protests in ’99 and Ferguson and Baltimore, I would say when people in a democracy feel powerless they take to the streets.
Original fiction by Alexander Chee.
In my role as Marguerite, I was much closer to the girl I’d been than in any role I’d played previously.
It was not angels who saved me then but the Cave of Queens and Courtesans.
Each night of Faust was a reminder.
Amber Sparks shares the music to her short story collection and chose all Bowie.
When I started putting together a Book Notes list of songs to accompany my book, The Unfinished World and Other Stories, I felt stuck because all I wanted to do was, well, listen to David Bowie. I was devastated when his death was made public, because no one’s music and art – and life as an artist – has meant more to me. And so finally I said, you know, I bet I’m not the only person who just wants to listen to Bowie right now. And I’m going to make a list for those people. An all-Bowie list for my book.