Interview from fivebooks.com:
Existentialist philosophy isn’t about bringing despair and angst into our lives, it’s about discovering our inner freedom, explains the author of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne
From the feminist wire, by Alice Driver. The interview begins with…
Some people we know only through their words. And so it was with author Charles Bowden and his images of bloated bodies, scurrying rats, of air so hot that a single match would light it on fire, images of savagery inverted into beauty that came with the uncomfortable awareness of the nature of the human condition.
I’ve only read one of Bowden’s books, Blood Orchid—An Unnatural History of America, which I enjoyed and reviewed. Perhaps I should revisit him.
Two interviews with economist Thomas Sowell:
The economist Thomas Sowell has just released a new book entitled Intellectuals and Race. The American Spectator sat down with him recently for a lengthy interview. In this first part of the interview, we discuss some of the causes of differences between ethnic groups, and how intellectuals in the early 20th century viewed race versus intellectuals today. Read part 1 here: Thomas Sowell and the Intellectuals.
Selling Atheism—from FiveBooks Interviews, beginning with an unfounded assumption:
The main reason for the survival of religion is not a desire to live a better life, but our fear of death, says the atheist author.
“Nothing good was ever written in a large room,” David McCullough says, and so his own office has been reduced to a windowed shed in the backyard of his Martha’s Vineyard home. Known as “the bookshop,” the shed does not have a telephone or running water. Its primary contents are a Royal typewriter, a green banker’s lamp, and a desk, which McCullough keeps control over by “flushing out” the loose papers after each chapter is finished. The view from inside the bookshop is of a sagging barn surrounded by pasture. To keep from being startled, McCullough asks his family members to whistle as they approach the shed where he is writing.
Read more at the link.
“Essays are about brevity and also personality, a feeling that you’re being taken on an intellectual or emotional journey by a particular person who you get to know along the way. Essays root ideas in personal experience”
The author tells us about his favourite novels with legal themes and the issues of justice, morality and human mess they bring to light.
The author and creative writing teacher tells us where to go for tips on finding one’s voice, grabbing readers’ attention and getting published