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.
Danielle Dutton shares terrible writing advice from famous writers.
Even if Vonnegut’s just being funny (and he isn’t just being funny, or even . . . funny) it’s not at all hard to imagine a legion of young Vonnegut fans becoming smug about semi-colons for the rest of their lives, and about writers who use semi-colons, and for what?
Jessica Crispin on naming The Dead Ladies Project over at The Rumpus.
I fought hard for that title. That was the, “Oh, but you’re including men, so we can’t call it The Dead Ladies Project.” I was like, “Do you know how many times women have had to be called men in that kind of general way—oh, you guys and mailmen and whatever? Men can handle being called ‘ladies’ once in a while.”
Jeff VanderMeer shares news on the adaptation of his book Annihilation.
Alex Garland, the writer and director, has his own vision. He says he’s not an auteur, but he’s basically an auteur. That means the script itself, while sharing similarities with the novel, will also be vastly different in some ways — and Garland’s emphasis may be different. But I can say I’ve seen some of the pre-production visuals and — in tone and texture and feel — his approach is a perfect reflection of Annihilation.
Kaitlyn Greenidge wrote an essay for Buzzfeed about losing her father and drowning her grief in junk food.
My mother bought the candy and later that night I gave it to him. I remember him looking at it for a long time. I remember he didn’t open the box, or offer me a piece, as I had been hoping. He left the bar in its plastic case and put it on the stand in our front hall, where any visitor to our home could see it. Later that night, I snuck downstairs and opened the box and took what I was certain was a discreet bite out of the bar. I thought you wouldn’t be able to see my teeth marks, but he saw. The next morning, he called me over to the hallstand. He waited ‘til the whole family was awake.
Sunjeev Sahota, author of The Year of The Runaways, talked to Tinhouse about getting published, going to India and being nominated for the Man Booker Prize.There’s a magazine here in the UK called The Bookseller and it often publicizes recent book deals. Once I thought my first novel was ready (and how naïve a thought that was!), I checked out that magazine for agents who’d sold debut literary fiction in the last year or so. I made a list of six agents, sent the manuscript to all of them and, luckily for me, signed with one of them.
It’s been 10 years since The Book Thief hit the shelves and Marcus Zusak looks back at that time.
Ultimately, if I were to sum it up, I’d probably say, more than any of my other books, it was a book I wasn’t sure I could write. I’ve heard some writers say things like, “Well, I’m a professional writer. I only start books I know I can finish.” I look at it maybe the other way: I only want to write books I’m not sure I can write. And The Book Thief was probably the first book like that for me.