The Composites on The New Yorker blog, Mark Leyner in The Believer, Sheila Heti on The Huffington Post
The New Yorker’s book blog reports on The Composites with an honest and funny take. I’m quite glad they gleaned that disappointment is an integral part of the project. Let me add that disappointment may be an important part of literary pleasure in general, what with that gulf between thought and representation.
The Believer has run two excerpts, here and here, of my forthcoming interview with Mark Leyner. The full interview runs around 6 thousand words and covers not only his new novel The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, but his early influences and his years spent script writing in between novels.
I interviewed Sheila Heti for The Huffington Post about the 10th anniversary edition of her first collection The Middle Stories and a little bit about her upcoming novel, How Should A Person Be? That and Leyner’s book were my favorite reads of the last year as both managed to scrape the barnacles off the idea of what a novel could be.