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January 01, 1990 - October 07, 2012 + Bookworm
Kaye Gibbons Sights Unseen (Putnam) A child searches for its mother in three of Kaye Gibbon's novels. What is the significance of these quests?
Jay Gummerman Chez Chance (Pantheon) Gummerman speaks about the lives of the disenfranchised dreamers in this, his first novel.
The Liar's Club The award-winning poet discusses the structure of her autobiography. Does her poet---s ear affect the telling of a life?
Another You is Ann Beattie's richest, most-complex novel to date...
Phosphor in Dreamland An exploration of the underside of fantasy: its politics, psycho-sexual elements and its internal geography.
Under the Feet of Jesus Viramontes talks about the Latina writer's obligation to choose art and truth over political correctness.
Reservation Blues The hip young novelist on his desire for fame, accessibility and rock stardom.
Interstate An interview about emotion in fiction. Dixon discusses his Dostoyevskyan ambition to render his complex extremity of feeling about the death of a...
Secret Life The poet discusses the difficulties of writing accurately and artistically about his ongoing recovery from sexually obsessive behavior.
Memoir from Antproof Case Mark Helprin on the legacy of fathers...
The Trial of Elizabeth Cree Penny-dreadfuls, transvestitism, the English Opium Eater, Thomas de Quincey and Grand Guignol are touched on in this conversation about...
Independence Day In this conversation about one novelist's development, Richard Ford describes the emotional confidence he needed to complete his break-through novel.
My Father Was a Toltec The barriers of language, ethnicity, class and gender: the challenges faced by a Latina writer.
Off Stage Betty Comden who, with Adolph Green, his written for some of the theater's great clowns--Phil Silvers, Bert Lahr, Judy Holliday, Rosalind Russell, Nancy...
This novel of punk-adolescence recalls the great American coming-of-age novels. In the examination of the voice of Bank's hero, homage is paid to his literary...