Writers TalkingI'm wondering if, like me, you love reading authors interviewed. I especially appreciate the history of the book they've written, hearing about obsessions and glimpses that started the story.
Here's an interview at Kirkus Reviews with Claudio Magris and Jessa Crispin of Bookslut. The link is here. "When now you try not to discuss the political problem but to tell the story of how a man had lived in his or her experience of this problem, you must plunge in this abyss of disorder where the rational thread is already lost. Trying to find it without any coquetry with the disorder but remain with the disorder of the life. This great Italian writer La Capria has written the greatest novels of the 20th century are failed novels. He doesn’t mean that as a negative, but novels that must assume within themselves the necessity of shipwreck, the impossibility of representing a harmonious relationship between the individual and the disaster of the disorder of the world."
And here's a fascinating behind-the-scenes peep into the writing process of Louise Penny, author of A Beautiful Mystery at Jungle Red Writers Penny is talking about music and writing and how she uses music as she plans her stories. Brilliant. Her mystery is set in a monastery where the monks take a vow of silence.
She says: "Music seems to open a channel to come creative place I can’t normally get to. At the same time, a piece of music can transport us to another place and time, and not just evoke that memory, but the emotion. It can inspire great courage, and reduce us to tears. I was fascinated by it – and all this led me to look into the very first western music – plain chant. If music is a drug, then plain chant is uncut heroin for many."