BOMB : the author interviews by Sussler, Betsy

By Sussler, Betsy

Drawing on 30 years of BOMB journal, this anthology of interviews brings jointly a number of the maximum figures of global literature for an excellent and unforgettable number of sharp, insightful and intimate writer conversations.
 

the following we have now a talk with Jonathan Franzen, nonetheless an unkown writer, at the eve of the book of The Corrections; and one with Roberto Bolaño, close to the tip of his life. Lydia Davis and Francine Prose holiday down the intricacies of Davis's equipment;  Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz talk about the facility of Caribbean diasporic fiction. This anthology brings jointly a few of the maximum figures of global literature for an excellent and unforgettable selection of sharp, insightful and intimate writer conversations

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MA Yeah, he’s more at home there. I didn’t follow all the implications of that. Although he does say at one point that if you’re completely ruined in New York, people just think you’re European and artistic—like when he goes to address that meeting of the moneymen in some hotel. He opens his mouth to start giving his spiel about how successful the film is going to be, and he starts making a noise that reminds him of trying to squeeze the last bits of tomato sauce out of a plastic tube. It’s a terrible wheezing sound.

For example, there is no such thing as Irish capital. If Irish people have money, they put it in a bank or they buy more houses, but they wouldn’t ever invest in something that might make or lose money. There’s no tradition of that. Irish people adore American country music. If you’re a writer, you love Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald. We see ourselves in certain ways as an aspect of America, and we are happy for that to continue, despite the fact that there was very little support for the current American regime in Ireland.

In John Updike’s new novel, he says it’s rather depressing when you realize that, genetically speaking, we deliver our mail very early in the day. The rest is hanging around … my father is certainly making that subject his own. There’s a chap in his new novel that’s so fat he has to clip his toenails in the garden. There’s no way around it. With a mirror in the garden. But I think actually I really like decay because it’s just comic. And again, it’s an attack on dignity and competence. PM Are you close to finishing a new book?

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