Posts Tagged ‘interview’


Coffee Quotes

July 6, 2016

Okay, this is fun. (Ha!)

Er … uh … (ahem!)

Right. Anyway, I’m going to give you three quotes―

photo by bd“In order to answer this question, it seems that immigrants in Queens and New Jersey, Catherine the Great, Russian oligarchs, Imperial relics and top auction houses had to all get involved.” (Irina Reyn)

“Someone on Goodreads took the time to write out “Meh” as their whole review. I admire that dedication to sharing your indifference with the whole Internet forever.” (Bob Proehl)

“In my heart, I’m a comedian—not a successful comedian, but one who is both sad and deeply committed to the art.” (Hannah Pittard)

―and then you’re going to go read the rest of Teddy Wayne’s July Q&A with five authors: Jennifer Armstrong, Patrick Flanery, Hannah Pittard, Bob Proehl, and Irina Reyn.

Sound good?

Excellent! Thank ye!



Wayne, Teddy. “Life of an author on the internet: ‘Someone on Goodreads took the time to write out ‘Meh’ as their whole review'”. Salon. 5 July 2016.


The one and only, lovely beyond compare, inimitable Andrea Portes, at The Rumpus

July 1, 2012

Chloe Grace Moretz in HickDon’t miss Jennifer Sky’s interview with the one and only Andrea Portes regarding the film adaptation of Hick, which opened last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.



Busted: Will fake interviews be the new trend in literary fraud?

April 8, 2010

Okay, so it’s been a while since we covered that befuddling phenomenon known as the fake memoir. And, no, I’m not about to bring you another, althoguh I’m sure I could if I tried. (Maybe I should write one.)

Today we might wish to consider the proverbial next level. That is, the next level in fraud, intellectual myopia, and general stupidity, also known as fake interviews:

Last month, Paola Zanuttini, a journalist from La Repubblica, the progressive Roman newspaper, interviewed Philip Roth about his latest novel, “The Humbling,” which has recently been published in Italian. “We had a lively and intelligent conversation about my fiction,” Roth said. The Q. & A. ran on February 26th, as the cover story of Il VenerdìLa Repubblica‘s Friday magazine—with a fierce-looking closeup portrait of Roth, and the title “Sex and Me.” Zanuttini focussed on the relationships of Roth’s aging protagonists with their much younger inamoratas, the feminist response to them, and his own marriages and romances. “Your descriptions of sex are ruthless,” she asserted. “Ruthless?” he countered. She backed down a little: “They describe things as they are, raw and naked.” “I am pleased by the notion that I can still be scandalous,” he said. “I thought I had lost that magic.”

The real scandal revealed by the interview, however, came at the end, when Zanuttini asked Roth why he was so “disappointed” with Barack Obama. She translated, aloud, remarks attributed to him in an article by a freelance journalist, Tommaso Debenedetti, that was published last November in Libero, a tabloid notably sympathetic to Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy (who is embroiled in his own sex scandals with much younger women). “It appears that you find him nasty, vacillating, and mired in the mechanics of power,” Zanuttini said. “But I have never said anything of the kind!” Roth objected. “It is completely contrary to what I think. Obama, in my opinion, is fantastic.” He had never heard of Debenedetti, or of Libero. The interview, with its bitter judgment of Obama’s banality, failure, and empty rhetoric about hope and change, was a complete fabrication.

According to Judith Thurman, of The New Yorker, Mr. Debenedetti also faked an interview with John Grisham. Read the rest of this entry ?


Wtg. in the New Transmedia Marketplace

October 4, 2009

Doing quality phone-in radio interviews on a far too short hardline after far too much coffee a coupla days before a conference is not one of my strong suits. However, I’m told there’s some useful info in it for writers so here it is: “Writing in the New Transmedia Marketplace.”

My thanks to Randall Libero of Spirit of Film. Each week he provides a thoughtful discussion on the challenges of infusing cinematic entertainment with matters of purposeful being, always well worth listening to.



Dogs, dragons and Michele Scott

March 25, 2009

Author and SCWC workshop leader Michele Scott (Wine Lovers Mysteries and Equestrian Horse Lovers Mysteries) has a new novel out, Zamora’s Ultimate Challenge (QUAKE/Echelon Press). A modern-day fantasy geared to “tween” readers, Michele discusses her departure from the mystery genre, her career as a prolific novelist and, yes, her dog in this interview at Candid Canine. Be sure to read to the end, and you might just win a free copy of the book. Michele, btw, will be conducting a couple of new workshops debuting at the Irvine conference come September. More on that later!



Bwa-Ha! Some hot woman-on-writing action

February 22, 2009

Multi-SCWC-topic award winning conferee, columnist and upcoming debut author with her novel Freezer Burn (Echelon Press), Gayle Carline is also a runner-up in the recent WOW-Women on Writing Summer 2008 Flash Fiction Contest. Besides making her piece, “Quarter Life,” available for reading, they conducted an interview with Gayle that’s also well worth the read.

Also, Gayle won for the third time a Topic Award for her flash fiction at last weekend’s San Diego 23 conference. Be sure to pop over and read her entry, “Home to Roost.”



It’s all Barry Eisler’s Fault

January 7, 2009

Fault LineIn Silicon Valley, the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal.

In Istanbul, a cynical undercover operator receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he is the next victim.

And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley’s nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.

While we couldn’t get him back to San Diego this year, Barry Eisler — author of the exceptional John Rain series of thrillers — has a new novel launching in March: Fault Line (Ballantine). As terrific a workshop leader as he is, he also makes for some informative video-watching time on his site. Check him out, along with Ken Follett and Jeffrey Deaver, at Barry’s video page.