“He doesn’t know anything about marriage, so I’m not concerned.”
—Nan Talese on husband Gay Talese’s forthcoming book on the subject of their 57-year marriage, in the Vanity Fair profile “How Nan Talese Blazed Her Pioneering Path Through the Publishing Boys’ Club”
What are some words you despise that have been used to describe your writing by readers and/or reviewers?
“When a reviewer claimed The Small Backs of Children, a story about a girl who survives a war zone by becoming a painter and saving her own life, was ‘missing a beating heart.’ Since the story is based on the death of my daughter, and since I put my entire heart into writing it (you know, like all writers do), that one knocked around my chest for a good long time.”
—Lidia Yuknavitch responds to Salon’s author questionnaire
—Kristen Radtke, author of the graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This, same question
“It hardly seems fair that Americans must wait to grab a copy of Howard Jacobson’s new novel, ‘P---y.’ ”
—Ron Charles, “A sneak peek at ‘P---y,’ the soon-to-be published novel about Donald Trump,” in the Washington Post (which cannot print Howard Jacobson’s satirical novel’s name but can print its uncensored jacket art, apparently). The Man Booker Prize–winning author, whom Charles calls “the world’s smartest comic novelist,” began writing this sendup of Trump hours after the president’s election. It published April 13 in the U.K. and will be available stateside later this month.
“I met with a therapist [who suggested], ‘You should write your mental health story down, because it takes so long to type, and maybe that’ll help you think about it.’ So I went home and the next day started typing, ‘Here’s the first time I heard voices….’ A year later, I had a book.”
—Charles Monroe-Kane, author of Lithium Jesus: A Memoir of Mania, on StudioTulsa
“Why is it that so many men do not read novels by women? It’s because they’re tainted. It’s because you’re emasculating yourself by putting your self in the hands of this feminine consciousness. What gives you value is the way other men look at you. And women are just out of that.”
—Siri Hustvedt, author of A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, in Guernica