The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. Thankfully, the semester is almost over. I can almost breathe again. Over at Numéro Cinq, I have a brief but lovely interview with the amazing Lydia Davis. And the latest online edition of Rain Taxi contains my take on the short novel Sleeping with Gypsies. Lastly, I hosted a short story […]Read More Recent News: Interviewing Lydia Davis, a book review, and a Skype talk
Recently, I talked with Stacey D’Erasmo about her superb new book, Wonderland, for Publishers Weekly. The transcript is now up on the PW website (though you need to be a subscriber to read the piece). I believe the interview will also appear in an upcoming print edition. (UPDATE: It is in the 3/17/14 issue) D’Erasmo’s book, about a rock musician […]Read More Visiting Wonderland with Stacey D’Erasmo
My chat with Jessica Hollander has now cleared the Publishers Weekly paywall. You can read it here. Oh, and her book would make a great stocking stuffer!Read More PW interview clears paywall
I regularly write semi-anonymous book reviews for Publishers Weekly, but recently I got to talk to Jessica Hollander for the magazine. I wrote about her debut collection (this isn’t so much a secret, as we started our contact with, “Hi, I’m Ben, the guy who reviewed your book!”), and was so floored that, when the chance […]Read More Chatting with Jessica Hollander
A month or so back, I began exchanging emails with Ethan Rutherford, author of the great, great new story collection The Peripatetic Coffin, and elements of our correspondence are now up on Numero Cinq. Ethan’s a fantastic person, and in the interview, we talk books, the sea, nostalgia (Spokey Dokes, Garbage Pail Kids) music (Talking […]Read More My God, what have I done?
Back in January, I talked with Canadian writer Alexander MacLeod about his story collection, Light Lifting. Our chat went off on several tangents: running, former VP candidate Paul Ryan, train tunnels, commitment. Anyway, you can read the transcript for yourself over at Numero Cinq.Read More Getting Down to the Algorithm