My girl Terri Gross once said on her show, Fresh Air, that the only thing that beats discussing a book with a friend, is discussing that book with the author. Let's eavesdrop on a few of those discussions, shall we? Below you will find a round-up of a few great author interviews. (I won't mind if you go ahead and organize your closet as you listen.)
Read "A Shared Patio" by Miranda July at the Guardian
Read an excerpt from Patti Smith's memoir "Just Kids" from RollingStone
Read comic excerpts from Art Spiegelman's Breakdowns from The Boston Pheonix
Read Margaret Atwood's tips on writing at the Guardian. (Stick around and read the other authors' tips too!)
David Foster Wallace
Fresh Air Interview: "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace
Need more of a DFW fix? Read his essay, Tense Present: Democracy, English, and the wars over usage
Fresh Air Interview: Remembering John Updike, Literary Legend
Read a short story by John Updike (my favorite): The Full Glass at The New Yorker
Junot Díaz and Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat discusses Junot Díaz’s 1995 short story “How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie)” and Junot Diaz discusses and reads Edwidge Danticat’s “Water Child.”
Then Read an interview by Edwidge Danticat on Junot Díaz from Bomb magazine (amazing)!
I recently enjoyed re-reading "A Room of One's Own". Beautiful, yes?