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.
Rebecca Solnit comments on the CDC’s guidelines to drinking for women.
A perfect recent example is the Center for Disease Control’s new and widely mocked guidelines to drinking. They are like a detective novel run backward—if you read them with conviction, you’d become muddled about what a woman is and how violence and pregnancy happen and who is involved in those things.
Hanya Yanagihara and Garth Greenwell both wrote prominent gay novels recently, but never met before. Here Hanya interviews Garth.
It was hell to write. That second section was awful. I’ve said this before, but I had no idea I was going to write it.
John Wray wrote about not being able to write while everyone around him was making art.
People will always tell you that you’ve arrived too late, that the present is elsewhere, that you’ve missed the conflagration by a day, or by a decade, or by a generation. It’s your duty, as a seeker, to ignore them.
And if that got you interested, read this interview with him by Electric Literature.
There was this wonderful old sign, which they may have replaced now, which said “Welcome to Hudson Power Generating Station.” And then there was a blank space where numbers were supposed to go. It was something like “00000 Hours Without A Lost Time Accident.” And I thought, “What is that? I have no idea what that is, but it’s a great phrase.”
Salon talks to the author of I Hate the Internet
There’s this bizarre reverse-engineering of free speech, where you can say whatever you want on a third party’s website, and as long as they don’t edit it, they’re not held liable. Which does not really have an analog anywhere else in the world. You could’t run a commercial on television calling for armed insurrection, and not have the channel that ran it have some risk.
Irvine Welsh has a new book coming out so Men’s Journal asked him some questions.
Yeah, I think misogyny’s a lot like a drug, a kind of a trigger for a lot of angry men. We’re in transition — some men feel more and more angry, the economy is slipping away from them, and there’s a greater movement toward social equality. So that kind of thing is very ubiquitous across Western culture. It’s an interesting time to live in. Women and minorities — there’s a backlash against them, against social progress, because social progress undermines the patriarchy.
Han Kang, the author of The Vegetarian, talks to Lithub about the Korean literary scene.
The Korean literary scene is different from western ones in some aspects. For example, it has a strong tradition of poetry and short stories. Most fiction writers start their careers as short story writers. I myself started with short stories (and poetry). I feel I have a great debt to literature written in Korean because I literally grew up with it. Also, I could read the literary works translated into Korean from a lot of languages, without any distinction such as which is foreign or not. I still do that. I just read.