Interviews for the Saturday Paper appear at the paper’s website as well as my home page.
Interviews for The Monthly Book done in 2013 and 2014 appear on my home page.
Reading and listening to these vintage interviews I see that I am always drawn to questions of how one evaluates a life, the getting of wisdom, facing death , the meaning of love, and whether a book ever changed the course of history. Big questions to which our writers give, for our delight, the best of answers. Here is a selection.
For more, you can read my book Speaking Volumes: Conversations with Remarkable Writers, Scribe, 2010
Harold Bloom – influential American literary critic, discusses his latest work The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a way of Life.
Anne Enright, Irish novelist and essayist on her novel the Forgotten Waltz
Jon Ronson, English journalist and broadcaster discusses The Psychopath Test
Dmitry Bykov, Russian novelist and public intellectual on his novel Living Souls
Michael Frayn, English novelist and playwright on his memoire My Father’s Fortune
Colin Thubron, English travel writer and novelist discusses To a Mountain in Tibet
Terry Pratchett, English fantasy writer on writing with Alzheimer’s Disease
Barbara Demick, American journalist on her book about North Korea, Nothing to Envy
Edith Grossman, American translator on her book Why Translation Matters
John Carey, English biographer on his book William Golding, The man who wrote Lord of the Flies
P.D.James, English crime writer on turning 90
Jonathan Franzen, American writer on his novel Freedom
Kim Scott, Australian novelist on That Deadman Dance
Simon Winchester, American writer on Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of Stories
Martin Amis, English novelist on The Pregnant Widow
Gerbrand Bakker, Dutch novelist on his book The Twin
Kate Grenville, Australian writer on her novel Sarah Thornhill
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