I had way, way too much fun talking to Michelle Fredette and Isaac Eldridge in a dark, corner table at a wood-paneled bar on a rain-soaked afternoon during the Wordstock Literary Festival in Portland, Oregon.
Honestly, I could have talked for another hour with them. Plus, they kept pushing pickled vegetables on me.
More importantly, if you don’t already know about this podcast, you should. It’s fantastic and well-produced and they arrange each episode wisely showing you which books and authors were discussed in which order.
Thank so much Michelle and Isaac. I loved every minute.
Thanks to Alaskan writer and fiddler Ken Waldman making the rounds at the bookfair at AWP this year and chatting me up at the Atelier26 table, I became acquainted with Portland writer Naomi Ulsted who interviewed me for The Nervous Breakdown, wherein we talk about lower-case F feminism, writing, editing, juggling family and creative life, to MFA v. not-MFA, and writing the thing you don’t always want to write.
Naomi and I had a great conversation about all the ways that life must be arranged and rearranged to make writing time and a book come into the world.
Thanks also to TNB and Brad Listi for showing the love to PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
OPB’s April Baer put together this week’s State of Wonder show and included an interview with me and the sensational PEN Hemingway honor news in a show with some of the most talented folks I know of, including Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Esperanza Spalding, and Sharon Olds.
Alex Behr and I went to have tea on a Saturday inside a now-defunct caboose in Southeast Portland.
The place is usually quiet and comfortable but for some reason on the afternoon of our interview, the place was crawling with high school kids hanging out there, talking and laughing and mostly on their phones, and then leaning over to show each other things on their phones.
It ended up being the perfect imperfect place to talk about writing and editing and character and craft and film and photography, and the result is this wonderful piece Alex has written for Propeller Magazine on PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
Last month I had the great good fortune to spend the morning, over coffee, talking to THRU Magazine’s editor Kate Dolan. We spent a couple hours talking about books and writing and stories and women and life and unlikeable characters and… it was tremendous.
While on tour this week in LA for People Like You, I had the great fortune to be interviewed on the fantastic lit podcast Otherppl with Brad Listi. He’s spent the last several years interviewing some of the best names in literature, and I’m honored to be included in the canon.
We had such a good conversation: it was like we’d been talking about books and kids and life and writing for years already.