BOMB : the author interviews by Sussler, Betsy

By Sussler, Betsy

Drawing on 30 years of BOMB journal, this anthology of interviews brings jointly the various maximum figures of worldwide literature for an excellent and unforgettable number of sharp, insightful and intimate writer conversations.

right here we've got a talk with Jonathan Franzen, nonetheless an unkown writer, at the eve of the booklet of The Corrections; and one with Roberto Bolaño, close to the tip of his life. Lydia Davis and Francine Prose holiday down the intricacies of Davis's equipment;  Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz talk about the ability of Caribbean diasporic fiction. This anthology brings jointly the various maximum figures of global literature for an excellent and unforgettable choice of sharp, insightful and intimate writer conversations

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When I get angry at myself for thinking too much about this guy I went to sleep with. 38. Who is the most famous person you ever met? I don’t even know who’s famous anymore. I guess Warhol is. He once took my photo at the Keith Haring Fun Gallery opening, but I never met him. 39. Do you have a driver’s license? No way. 40. Have you ever been arrested? Oh yeah. 41. Are you a registered voter? Oh no. 42. Next of kin? [no response] 43. Do you have any existing medical conditions for which you are currently receiving medication or are under a doctor’s care?

How often do you bathe? (circle one) Daily 5 4 3 2 1 times per week. No one’s allowed in my house. 21. Do you brush your teeth after every meal? Fuck you. 22. Do you have any large outstanding debts? I don’t owe no one nothing. 23. Does free will exist? What else is this about? I’m no superstar shit and never will be. If anything, I’m what happens after death, which is writing. 24. If you were forced to take sides in a dinner table discussion, which of the following world views would you support?

What’s your sign? I do voodoo. I am Legba and Grassi (the child). This is serious, even more than sex. Note: Legba is the god of words who permits Grassi, the child-spirit, to speak through Kathy. 66. Do you hum along or tap your foot to popular tunes? “Popular” tunes are about half my mind. 67. Have you ever been treated for alcohol or drug abuse? No way. 68. What’s your favorite lipstick? Red. My mom used it. Looks like cunt color after fucking. 69. Have you ever been to a baseball game? I am really hooked on this fascination with machoism.

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