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A Very Young Dancer; all grown up

In 1976 photographer Jill Krementz decided to chronicle the day to day life of a 10-year-old student named Stephanie. The story follows her attendance at the School of American Ballet in New York through to being chosen for the starring role of Marie in George Balanchine‘s presentation of The Nutcracker. The book was called A […]

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Christie Watson interview: nursing & writing

Christie Watson, who is nominated for the UK’s Costa Prize for Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away, is interviewed at the Daily Telegraph about her day-job (and night-job too) in nursing. Nursing has changed since then into something I almost don’t recognise. The capes have been replaced with pyjama-like scrubs. The fob watch is an iPhone loaded […]

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R. Crumb on His Rejected New Yorker Cover

The ever-blunt illustrator R. Crumb talks about his art being rejected by The New Yorker.

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Horse Whisperer author on his poisonous mushroom nightmare

The story of how Nicholas Evans, author of The Horse Whisperer, and three other people fell ill after eating wild mushrooms is like an Ian McEwan novel. It’s another example that real life can be stranger and more hard-hitting than anything written by a novelist or a screenwriter. The Guardian has an interview with Evans. […]

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‘Publisher’ Jarvis Cocker interviewed

Jarvis Cocker, frontman of Pulp and the man who invaded the stage while Michael Jackson performed because Jackson was attempting to be some “kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing”, is the latest celebrity to move into publishing. He is following Pete Townsend, Henry Rollins and Anthony Bourdain. The Guardian interviews him and […]

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Chuck Palahniuk on Ellery Queen

Chuck Palahniuk’s new novel, Damned, is now out and he’s interviewed by Shelf Awareness today. He was asked what was his favorite book was a child and he replied…. Anything involving Ellery Queen, I read it. Not so much for the murders, etc. I wanted to know why Ellery never got married. Why did he […]

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Terry Pratchett reads classic about poverty in Victorian London

The Independent did a one-minute interview with Terry Pratchett as he sat in a hotel in Seattle. He revealed he was reading London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew. I’ll take a wild guess and say that most of you haven’t heard of this book. Mayhew was a Victorian newspaper journalist who detailed […]

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Haruki Murakami on 1Q84 and life

Japanese author Haruki Murakami is interviewed by The Guardian as the release of 1Q84 nears. I saw someone write yesterday that he is a ‘cult’ author – how can he be a cult author when his work sells millions of copies and he is translated into many, many languages? 1Q84, Haruki Murakami’s new novel, is […]

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Neil Gaiman interviews Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett’s newest Discworld novel, Snuff, is now out and who better to interview him than Mr. Neil Gaiman himself. I half expected a little more silliness out of the interview but in the end it’s just interesting to see that kinds of questions an author might ask a colleague. The two chat about whether […]

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Jeffrey Eugenides returns with The Marriage Plot

Nine years after Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides is back with a book called The Marriage Plot. The WSJ carried an interview with the author last week and he revealed how he had recently appeared in court. Apparently, Middlesex sold three million copies and The Virgin Suicides was hardly a flop. (PS – we have a few […]

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