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of conversations between writers and their "mentors,” taken from the pages of The Believer, along with previously unpublished conversations.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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As with most anthologies, when you put a lot of different voices into one volume, you can't expect them all to be winners. This book is doubly variegated due to the fact that both the interviewer and ... Read full review

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Each of the 23 interviews in this exquisite collection-diplomatically arranged in interviewee alphabetical order-begins with a pithy introduction by the interviewer, noting something anecdotal of the ... Read full review

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