So here’s that other thing I hinted at in the post on my review of The Fool: my interview with French writer Anne Serre has been published by Asymptote.
Fiction as Seduction is part five of my eight questions with writers series. Won’t go into too much detail but I’ve done the work on way more than five interviews, they just haven’t quite worked out… Anne was an absolute delight to work with.
With thanks to Sarah.
I was fortunate enough to put eight questions to Yuri Herrera about his writing, translation and the spaces his stories occupy for 3:AM Magazine. Yuri is the author of Trabajos del reino, Signs Preceding the End of the World – winner of the 2016 Best Translated Book Award – and The Transmigration of Bodies, which is due from And Other Stories any minute now.
With thanks to Yuri, of course, for his time and attention, and to Nicky from AOS.
Over at 3:AM I interviewed Susan Tomaselli and Christodoulos Makris, good folk and editors of gorse, a Dublin-based literary journal. It’s been in the works for a while now, but we were able to get it ready just in time for Bloomsday 2016. Nice, too, that the interview contained some welcome news about their future plans.
Thanks to Susan and Christodoulos for their time and care.
The first thing I read by Clarice Lispector was Idra Novey’s translation of The Passion According to G.H., a book that I know I’m not alone in saying stayed with me, planted in my memory like some alien obelisk. Recently, I heard that Novey had a novel forthcoming. I was on the lookout for a third subject for this interview series, so I thought I could read the novel and everything in between then, if fate allowed it, put some questions to her.
This has been one of my favourite things about being on the 3:AM team – putting questions to writers about my experiences with their work has been no small privilege. Big thanks to Idra.
I had the great pleasure of putting a few questions – eight, to be exact – to South African writer Ivan Vladislavić for 3:AM Magazine. This, of course, necessitated spending a couple of months with everything by him that I could find, something which was itself a delight.
Big thanks to Nicky from And Other Stories – and to Ivan for his professionalism, kindness with his answers and his time.
My interview with Gerald Murnane is now up at 3:AM Magazine. My introduction will hopefully go some way in telling the story of how this came together.
Big thanks to Ivor Indyk from Giramondo for facilitating the exchange and to K.T. Kahn, my buddy and fellow editor at 3:AM, for the editorial work. And, of course, to Gerald – for the generosity with his time and with his responses.