Maurice Sendak’s final interview with Terri Gross on Fresh Air, in September 2011, animated by Christoph Niemann. Sendak died seven months later. (via The Dish)
I believe the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction.
I think about the reader. I care about the reader. Not ‘audience.’ Not ‘readership.’ Just the reader. That one person, alone in a room, whose time I’m asking for. I want my books to be worth the reader’s time, and that’s why I don’t publish the books I’ve written that don’t meet this criterion, and why I don’t publish the books I do until they’re ready. The novels I love are novels I live for. They make me feel smarter, more alive, more tender toward the world. I hope, with my own books, to transmit that same experience, to pass it on as best I can.
Elmore Leonard interviewed by James Parker of The Atlantic.
The existence of good bad literature — the fact that one can be amused or excited or even moved by a book that one’s intellect simply refuses to take seriously — is a reminder that art is not the same thing as cerebration.
Via explore-blog: “The editors, designers, and creative directors at Random House offer a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to publish a book.”
Simon Callow on Dickens’ London.
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