Interviews

INTERVIEW

Rachel Joyce: A Robust Sense of Life

Rachel Joyce: A Robust Sense of Life

Returning to the world of her breakout smash “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” the author finds her characters speaking straight to her. A conversation with Bethanne Patrick.

Posted by × March 16, 2015 ×

HISTORY

The Meaning of Disaster: Erik Larson on Dead Wake

The Meaning of Disaster: Erik Larson on Dead Wake

From the author of “Devil in the White City”, an electrifying reconstruction of a maritime attack that stunned the world.

Posted by × March 11, 2015 ×

INTERVIEWS

Kent Russell: Liquid Courage

Kent Russell: Liquid Courage

A tenacious journalist on his new book of essays, what a writer can’t be taught, and how men wrestle with emotions. A conversation with Beca Grimm.

Posted by × March 11, 2015 ×

INTERVIEWS

Kazuo Ishiguro: The Kingdom of Memory

Kazuo Ishiguro: The Kingdom of Memory

The author of “The Buried Giant” talks about his novel of a medieval “never-never land” and its resonance with very real history. A conversation with Hope Whitmore.

Posted by × March 3, 2015 ×

MUSIC

Kim Gordon: On “Becoming”

Kim Gordon: On “Becoming”

The iconic musician on the cities in her head, what it means to sell out, and what still inspires to create art after the end of a thirty-year run with her former band Sonic Youth.

Posted by × February 27, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Stardust in Antarctica: Jynne Dilling Martin

Stardust in Antarctica: Jynne Dilling Martin

A writer’s sojourn on Earth’s most mysterious continent produces a collection of urgent, dreamlike poems about our swiftly tilting planet.

Posted by × February 16, 2015 ×

MUSIC

From Troubadours to Twerking: Ted Gioia on the History of Love Songs

From Troubadours to Twerking: Ted Gioia on the History of Love Songs

After books on the rhythms of “Working” and “Healing”, an acclaimed music writer now explains why certain tunes tug at our heartstrings.

Posted by × February 11, 2015 ×

HUMAN NATURE

Clancy Martin: Everyone Is So Untrue

Clancy Martin: Everyone Is So Untrue

Does everyone lie to the ones they love? Clancy Martin thinks so.

Posted by × February 10, 2015 ×

INTERVIEWS

Miranda July: The Beating Heart

Miranda July: The Beating Heart

Raising a child, designing mobile apps, and selling curtains online: all in a day’s work for the film director and debuting novelist.

Posted by × January 28, 2015 ×

FICTION

Window Seat: Paula Hawkins on The Girl on the Train

Window Seat: Paula Hawkins on The Girl on the Train

The woman behind the breakout hit on how she builds suspense, Hitchcock’s influence, and why London’s railways have been a fixture of great mystery writing.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Seth Grahame-Smith: When Epic Is Easier

Seth Grahame-Smith: When Epic Is Easier

The author of “The Last American Vampire” on fear, historians, and what we don’t know about Hollywood.

Posted by × January 13, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

Patton Oswalt: Laughter in the Dark

Patton Oswalt: Laughter in the Dark

The actor and comedian on his new memoir of a consuming obsession: seeing old movies.

Posted by × January 7, 2015 ×

LIVES

Laura Hillenbrand: At the Crescendo of a Life

Laura Hillenbrand: At the Crescendo of a Life

The author of Unbroken on adapting the book for both film and young adults, finding a sister in Angelina Jolie, and why her next book is a tightly held secret.

Posted by × December 29, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Bill Nye: Gravity’s Influence

Bill Nye: Gravity’s Influence

“We all made it this far in evolutionary history. So scientifically, we are all in this together.”

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×

FINANCE

John Lanchester: Temptations of Complexity

John Lanchester: Temptations of Complexity

The novelist and business writer on his new guide to understanding the strange — but vital — jargon of finance.

Posted by × November 10, 2014 ×