All the book news you need to know, on a need-to-know basis.
And some of the best interviews of the last week
A rare interview with Elena Ferrante
To gather oneself, so to speak, was physically impossible. One learned very early to have the greatest concentration amid the greatest disruption.
I love Salon’s multiple author interviews. This time they talked to Curtis Sittenfeld, Geoff Dyer, Allison Amend, Anton DiSclafani and Paula Whyman.
I find dialogue easy to write. Plawt, not so much. I can’t even spell it. The spying section of Enchanted Islands brought me to tears several times.
Rivka Galchen new book Little Labors came out just last week and she had a conversation about it with Electric Literature.
And like you suggest, I don’t think it’s difficult to imagine that a young woman—me, I guess—might instinctively try to keep a distance from what has been categorized as feminine, Even as keeping a distance is just as flawed a strategy for being feminine as following the presented path for being feminine.
Kelly Link on writing a debut novel
I didn’t feel any particular pressure to write a novel because I wanted with all of my heart to write short stories. I want to write short stories even when I don’t like writing them. I don’t actually like writing.