Thursday, October 28, 2010

Get yourself an education, for free

Wow, I've just read over on Lisa Gold's blog that the Paris Review has just made available 57 years-worth of author interviews. Here are snippets from three interviews from this year:

Ray Bradbury
"You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do—and they don’t. They have prejudices."

R. Crumb
"It knocked you off your horse, taking LSD. I remember going to work that Monday, after taking LSD on Saturday, and it just seemed like a cardboard reality."

Norman Rush
"I must love big novels, because that's what I've written. It takes a while before you begin to breathe the air the characters breathe."

The number and quality of these interviews is rather overwhelming. And it's all free. We live in an astonishing world.

Also free: the brilliant interviews by Jofie Ferrari-Adler with agents and editors over at Poets & Writers. See, for example, this one with editor Janet Silver.

Go read. Get yourself an education. Free.

This blog has moved. My blog now lives here: