Browsing All Posts filed under »Interviews«

America’s most wanted

June 15, 2009


"I've long realized that a general puritanism in the US and a fear of difficult subject matter and a deep disrespect for the minds and ideas and emotions of teenagers and so on were going to be a problem my work would always face. It interests me to try to sneak through and around that prejudice." Alan Kelly interviews Dennis Cooper.

Journey to the end of the night

May 29, 2009


"Daniel leaves Ireland because this love and the new Republic of Ireland cannot co-exist. So he flees the island because of something negative, rather than because he is searching for love. I think a huge amount of people were suffocated by this new Ireland." Alan Kelly interviews Denis Kehoe.

Outcasts, graphic violence & a bad ending

May 1, 2009


"Baise-Moi has nothing to do with 'bad girls', it is a low budget, punk, violent movie. Forget the tits and cunts, for one second. The key words here should be: gun, death, fake blood. Not “pussy pussy pussy”. We did not know people would be so amazed about the “pussy pussy pussy” angle. I don’t care those two characters have cunts. They are archetypes: violent outcasts. Should not be always defined by them having cunts." Alan Kelly interviews Virginie Despentes.

Not waving

April 17, 2009


"There’s a real thrill in finding some home-made personally-put-together comic offering that does outclass the expensive, glossy but often very shallow output of the mainstream. I guess the musical equivalent would be discovering those rare obscure 45’s that you can’t believe aren’t more well known." Darran Anderson interviews Paul O'Connell.

Dear Michael Kimball

April 15, 2009


"I was for a very long time, a big letter writer, a big postcard writer. After college, after I moved away from home, my grandfather and I wrote letters back and forth, and that was an important time in my life. Now I suppose it was after I stopped writing letters and postcards, that they took on a new form — the epistolary novel and the postcard life stories. Anyway, the thing I most love is the intimacy that is conveyed." Susan Tomaselli interviews Michael Kimball.

A Drink with Patrick deWitt

April 10, 2009


"In high school, my friends and I drank whatever malt liquor was available, usually Olde English 800, in forty-ounce bottles. In my heyday I could down two of these at a go through a beer bong. That’s eighty ounces of the lowest quality liquor available ingested in around ten seconds. And that would be the worst beverage I’ve ever knocked back." Darran Anderson interviews Patrick deWitt.

Murder, she wrote

March 27, 2009


"It’s so important to understand and experience that life is never simply happy or sad, good or bad, ugly or beautiful. It’s always complex. Grimm’s fairy tales were a great way to teach that to children. Yes, the dark forest is full of witches and monsters, but also magic roses and beautiful swirls of falling snow. We’re not really that dour. We actually laugh a lot, especially during our live shows." Darran Anderson interviews Rennie Sparks.

Method Writer

March 20, 2009


"There’s something a little silly to me now about the fact that I wrote my first draft on the subway, like some kind of 70′s method actor living on dried fish and hardtack to study the role of a pirate. It did have some unexpected advantages, though: no cellphone reception, no internet, and no office rent to pay. And of course I got a chance to observe a wide variety of interactions between people on the trains, although most of the time I had my headphones on and tried my best to ignore them." Darran Anderson interviews John Wray.

Every day she lies a little

March 13, 2009


"I’ve noticed in a lot of stories that feature violent women, abusive relationships with fathers or husbands are posited as the ’cause’ of their behaviour and this is an assumption Annie exploits in the book. Her family life isn’t ideal, but I had a picture in my head of two parents baffled by this child they’d brought into the world – someone who from the beginning looked and sounded not quite right. The impulse to find a cause is there, and it is possible to read the book in that way, but I don’t think we need to make Annie less culpable for her actions in order to understand what she does." Alan Kelly interviews Jenn Ashworth.

Taking a fucking sharp knife to it

February 27, 2009


"Whitman in particular really opened up a new world to me when I started reading him my freshman year in high school. He showed me that there was beauty everywhere, and gave me the slightest twinge of optimism when everything in my head said that life sucked. A friend’s mom recently read Futureproof and commented that she couldn’t see how the protagonist could like Walt Whitman and then live the kind of life he was living. And I can understand how that could be confusing. But the underlying hope this character possesses is without doubt pure Whitman." Susan Tomaselli interviews N. Frank Daniels.