Your favorite book that no one else has heard of?
“Suicide” by French writer Edouard Levé. This book made a small hole in my heart. Told in “friend” voice and addressed to a friend who committed suicide 20 years ago, the novel is a reflection on both the life of the deceased friend and the act of suicide, as well as the author’s farewell. author, who lived his own life 10 days after turning over the manuscript, with his old self and with us, the readers. Through the addition of small, haunting details, “you” slowly becomes the focus of a brooding, lonely, troubled, and unbearable man. The language is beautiful and comfortable, simple to understand, precise and precise. I have never read anything like it. It can be said that this is the last work of autobiographical fiction.
What writers, novelists, playwrights, critics, journalists, poets do you admire today?
I’ll read anything by Rachel Cusk, who’s working on some of the most interesting work of any writer around, and Katie Kitamura, whose recent novel “Intimacy” is both eye-catching – these That sentence – just makes the mind insecure. She is a great writer. Other writers whose work I admire: Colson Whitehead, Mohsin Hamid, Jamaica Kincaid, David Szalay and Deborah Levy, especially her “Living Autobiography” trilogy. For sheer creativity of form, David Means’ short stories. I would do anything to read a new short story by Julie Hecht, my vote for funniest writer. I am very interested in the plays of Will Eno, the master of the profound and the absurd. Also, the work of Wallace Shawn. For insightful race commentary: Claudia Rankine, Cathy Park Hong, Ta-Nehisi Coates. And the wonderful irreverent journalist Jay Caspian Kang, who said so.
Do you consider any book a guilty pleasure?
I am currently reading a book – “The Abnormal” by French author Hervé Le Tellier, about a mysterious plane flight in which the passengers seem to exist in two different realities. It’s very “Black Mirror.” I’m not sure what makes a book a guilty pleasure, but you certainly know it when you’re reading a book.
Which writers are particularly good about the mother-child relationship?
No one has described the passionate mother-daughter relationship more brutally, or with more honesty, intelligence, and style than Vivian Gornick in her memoir, “The Fierce Attachments “.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/books/review/julie-otsuka-by-the-book-interview.html A man in a coffee shop asked Julie Otsuka what she was reading. They dated for two years.