Happy St. Patrick’s Day, y’all! I do have a bit of genuine Irish in me, but the bulk of my heritage is English, Scottish and Dutch. What Irish I do have I magnify on March 17th, as one does. My daughter and I toured Ireland together back in 2014. She was finishing up a… Read More St Patrick’s Day Gift: interviews with three great Irish writers
He's a little crazy, a little nutty and a whole lot of fun. A.J. Jacobs, editor at large of Esquire magazine and author of several self-improvement books, also happens to be an at large acquaintance of mine. We "met" after I'd posted a review of The Know It All on Amazon, writing… Read More Interview with A.J. Jacobs – ‘Drop Dead Healthy’
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross, Vintage (2011), Review Copy from Publisher/Publicist What does it say about me that I read this book last year and am posting my equally vintage interview with Adam Ross just now? That would be one of those questions I hope no one would ask. So I’m throwing… Read More An Interview with Adam Ross
My hands were itching to talk books with you all week but my wishes were thwarted due to a Typepad glitch. Seems the goodly blogging platform had quite a taste for all things Bluestalking. Not only would it not let me save new posts, it ate the last two I wrote as well and of… Read More Bleak House, Various and sundry.
“There is more life in fish than in jewels, though diamonds do glint.” We never outgrow our fascination with fairy tales. It may be easy to dismiss fantastic stories as the stuff of childhood, but fairy tales are deceptively multi-layered. On the surface may be a young girl falling down a rabbit hole,… Read More Horse, Flower, Bird: Stories by Kate Bernheimer: A review and interview
I wrote down a few thoughts about Samantha Hunt's Orange Prize Longlist title, The Seas, a few days ago. It blew me away, it was so wonderful. Despite her incredibly busy schedule (including three children under age four!) Ms. Hunt very generously agreed to answer a few interview questions: … Read More An Interview with Samantha Hunt – Orange Prize Longlist Candidate
In the beginning was the encyclopedia. Yea, verily. I looketh upon it with mine own eyes. And I saw that it was good. There was evening and morning whilst I readeth it. Then again, there’s evening and morning pretty much every day (unless you live really, really far north). But I digresseth. A score of… Read More My interview with author A.J. Jacobs
Do pop by BiblioBuffet.com and have a look at my interview with essayist Arthur Krystal. He’s such a delight. His latest book, The Half-Life of the American Essayist, is a read I’d recommend very highly to those who, like me, enjoy the literary essay. If you care about literature and the fate of the literary… Read More An Interview with Literary Essayist (and endearing curmudgeon) Arthur Krystal
My recent interview with author Kim Powers is up over at BiblioBuffet. I think it turned out rather well, mostly because Kim’s so charming. I hope you’ll swing by and check it out!
I’m thrilled to hand over my forum to Lisa Adams this week, co-author along with John Heath, of the recent wonderful book about current bestselling books and why people read them. Lisa will be guest posting on Wednesday and Friday. To kick things off, here is an interview I conducted with Lisa. If this whets… Read More Guest Blogger This Week: Lisa Adams, co-author of ‘Why We Read What We Read’