|Heti: amazing things happen while crashing in dad's basement|
- Paris Review interviews writers on their first writing experiences. Here Sheila Heti talks about how she started out thinking she'd be a playwright but started writing stories while living in her father's basement. The first in the series is an interview with Tao Lin (I like his novel, Taipei).
- French writer Mathias Énard in Granta with a creepy little story that I've been thinking about for days.
- Odd goings-on: Margaret Atwood's article on Stephen Harper appears on National Post website, then disappears, then reappears again...
- Mental Floss retells the story of the assassination of Leon Trotstky. Long fascinated by the life and death of Trotsky, I didn't learn anything new here but it's still a story that I can't help but read again. I love all the intrigue, but all the peripheral characters are interesting too (people who include Frido Kahlo and Diego Rivera). For me, the best (fictional) version is Cuban writer Leonardo Padura's take on it in his novel The Man Who Loved Dogs.
- Mozambiquan writer, Mia Coutu (Blue Met 2013) spoke last week with The Guardian about Cecil the Lion, his legacy as a white African, and his latest novel, Confession of the Lioness. His book The Tuner of Silences was one of the best things I read in 2013.
|Mags gets censored?|