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This superb collection features some of the freshest, funniest, most intriguing interviews in the history of Tin House. A veritable who’s who of contemporary writers, poets, and graphic novelists discuss work, life, literary theft, dry spells, what they do besides writing, and much more. With a relaxed approach that offers a far different slant than more formal craft-based interviews, these fascinating pieces provide another facet in the making of the world's finest literature.
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"Taken in isolation, each of these interviews (with only a few lackluster exceptions) acts as a stunning glimpse into a remarkable mind. Taken in their totality, the interviews begin to snick against each other until it seems that the authors are sparring in some marvelous palaver, and that you, lucky reader, are a bystander at the greatest literary dinner party ever held." -Nathan Ihara, LA Weekly
 
"It's a collection of interviews with writers that has an impossibly long subtitle and an equally high number of quality interviews." -Jeff Baker, The Oregonian
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In informal interviews with colleagues, more than 20 writers sound off about their passions, pet peeves, literary inspirations and obstacles. Claribel Alegría describes to Debbie Fields her commitment to the Nicaraguan revolution and how politically conservative Salvadoran relatives burned her books; Deborah Eisenberg discusses with Anna Keesey the political ignorance of ordinary Americans and why she lacks the nerve for playwriting. Sherman Alexie explains to Bob Spillman how writing about Indian middle-class domesticity can be revolutionary and castigates Ian Frazier for "colonial" literature; Lydia Davis explores with Rick Moody her translation of Proust's Swann's Way, and Anita Desai reveals to Ben George that she hid her writing life from her young children and why there's so little sex in her works. Tin House laudably gives some well-deserved attention to a number of writers who aren't household names, though the inclusion of filmmaker Gus Van Sant is incongruous. Also, interviews assume readers have deep familiarity with the writers' works, and the book suffers from the lack of a thorough, organizing preface and from cliquishness-Denis Johnson and Charles D'Ambrosio are both interviewers and interviewees; and Keesey gushes to Eisenberg that it's been her life's mission to increase Eisenberg's readership. (Jan. 15)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780977698967
  • Publisher: Tin House Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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