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.
Manuel Gonzales’ new novel The Regional Office is Under Attack! is one of the best titles of this year. The Rumpus talked to him about the new book, genre and teaching.
One of the things he said that stuck with me and I tell all of my students is that writers write their worries even if they’re not aware of what their worries are at the time of their writing.They can look back and see, “Oh, I wrote this story because at this time, this was happening, and it wasn’t a conscious agenda-driven thing, but that’s how it came out.”
Jessica Crispin criticizes the current state of the book world.
“Oh, you’re starving to death? That’s too bad, it’s your own fault really. It’s a shame you can’t have any of that nice food you’ve been growing, because you know that’s ours now. Because we said so. If you could go outside to die, that would be helpful, it makes such a mess when you go, you know.”
Erik Larson explains how a non-fiction writer finds its subjects.
No, the hard thing for me is beginning the search for my next book. Why this is such a struggle for me, I have no clue. You would think it would be the most pleasant of times, to be between books, sitting in the sun with bees flitting to and fro in my Seattle yard, sipping a cup of tea with a notebook open in my lap, periodically jolting forward to write down my latest bit of brilliance until I have filled an entire page with ideas that I cannot wait to explore, a satisfied life-is-good grin on my face.
Amber Sparks shares why Instagram is the new cabinet of curiosities.
We collect because we love; we show that shit off because we want other people to know what we love. We pile up our preferences and spill it out online, in life, in love, an extension of our own built selves.
Louise O’Neill on why she wrote about rape culture in her most recent book.
That is why when photos emerged of Kesha sobbing in a courtroom, her utter devastation clear to see; there are murmurs of, “Well, why did it take her ten years to leave Dr. Luke? If he had really been raping her, surely she would have left earlier?’
Charlie Jane Anders’ story about the importance of good teachers.
She’d give me gold stars and praise every time I got a letter right, but one day she offered me an even better, bigger bribe: If I mastered all my writing skills and got up to speed on my classwork, I could write a play, which would be performed at school.