The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers

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Vendela Vida
Believer Books, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 454 pages
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This book is a collection of conversations between writers and their "mentors,” taken from the pages of The Believer, along with previously unpublished conversations. The term "mentors” is used loosely to suggest an informal kinship between a younger writer and a more experienced one. These conversations are not limited to issues of writing and craft, but instead offer unfettered exchanges on a wide range of topics -- from Buddhism to infinity, politics to mountain climbing. The interviews feature the serious-yet-casual Believer approach to the standard, often formal, interview format. David Foster Wallace, for example, fields the question, "Do you want to talk about your history with various forms of tobacco?” while George Saunders reflects upon this oft-pondered mystery: "What’s up with the crows in Syracuse?” Interviews include Zadie Smith talking with Ian McEwan; Jonathan Lethem talking with Paul Auster; Adam Thirlwell talking with Tom Stoppard; Susan Choi talking with Francisco Goldman; ZZ Packer talking with Edward P. Jones; Dave Eggers talking with David Foster Wallace; Julie Orringer talking with Tobias Wolff; and Ben Marcus talking with George Saunders.

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A bunch of chatty authors mostly talking about their craft. There were a few who just wanted to talk about other things. These could have been easily omitted....really. I didn't buy the book for mundane chit chat. I gave the book 5 stars on the strength of the other interesting interviews. Read full review

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Vendela Vida is the author of "And Now You Can Go" and "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name", both of which were "New York Times" Notable Books of the Year. She received the 2007 Kate Chopin Writing Award and is a founding coeditor of "The Believer" magazine and the editor of "The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers". She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children.

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