I’ve always been interested in hearing why short form writers decide to take on a novel. So, over at BuzzFeed Books, I assembled 18 amazing short story writers to talk about their decisions to tackle the long story. I really had fun talking to everyone. Some folks I already knew, and others I’ve admired from afar for quite […]Read More Going Long
A month or two ago, I talked with Courtney Maum for PW. Maum’s debut novel, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, is pretty amazing. Make it one of your summer reads. Our phone conversation lasted a good half hour, so the finished piece is only a fraction of what we talked about. Really great […]Read More I Am Having So Much Fun Here Talking With Courtney Maum
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?