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.
Patience is the lastest graphic novel of Daniel Clowes and he talked to Portland Mercury while he and the interviewer had a terrible cold.
We both laugh, and I tell him I have to go transcribe his interview while under the influence of cold medicine, so who knows what a typographical mess it will be.
“So it will just say, ‘I would like to kill baby Hitler.'” Yep.
Helen Oyeyemi published a new collection of short stories and talked to Broadly about her book and political writing.
Am I doing a lot with women’s issues and racial issues? Or is it just that there are women and black people in my stories?
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about his experiences working on Black Panther.
Chris Claremont’s The Uncanny X‑Men wasn’t just about an ultracool band of rebels. That series sought to grapple with the role of minorities in society—both the inner power and the outward persecution that come with that status. And so it is (I hope) with Black Panther. The questions are what motivate the action. The questions, ultimately, are more necessary than the answers.
Rivka Galchen writes about the only things she envies men.
This is a crazy thought, of course, but I find myself feeling it with such sincerity that I cannot see its edges. The thought seems a descendant of a thought I had while hoping to become pregnant, which was imagining a woman who was pregnant with twins but didn’t have the courage to confess this to her partner, whom she believes will be devastated by the news, and so she dreams up plans to come up with some “hysterical” reason for not wanting her partner there for the birth, and then what?
Kaitlyn Greenidge’s novel We Love You Charlie Freeman came out just last week and she talked to the LA review of books about the most uncomfortable scene in her novel.
I knew that I wanted that scene to be in the novel, and it took me most of the eight years to write it. It was really hard to just sit down and write the first draft, because it was so uncomfortable. So I kept just going to work on other things, or literally just standing up and walking away from the computer, to avoid writing it, to avoid thinking through it.
Salon invited four authors about their new books and alternate career paths they would pursue if they had to.
I make excellent sandwiches. Yo-Yo Ma is to cellists as I am to processed meats. Just a small, quaint, out-of-the-way deli where people from around the world would come to photograph my sandwich sculptures.
Weird Sister chatted with Sofia Samautar about world building, being a woman who writes genre fiction and her favorite books.
The downside is that somehow these forerunners seem to fade from the public mind. I’m always appalled when I see an article that makes it look like women and/or people of color have just arrived on the scene of fantasy and science fiction, particularly when those articles forget to mention folks who have won major awards in the field.
Susannah Felts thinks you’re not anxious enough so she shares some more things you should be worried about while writing a novel.
I worry that I’ll never finish. I worry that I’ll finish a draft and never revise it. I worry that I’ll finish the book and no agent will pick it up. I worry that an agent will pick it up and fail to sell it and then dump me. I worry that it will sell and get bad reviews. I worry that it will sell and get no reviews.