We had a chat with Riffle member and blogger Gary over at The Parrish Lantern. We talked about my favorite subject: books!
1. Which books are you raving about right now?
Satantango by Laszlo Krasznahorkai. Traveler of the Century by Andrés Neuman. Landscape with Yellow Birds by José Angel Valente.
2. Which author would you love to grab a drink with?
Sjón, a fantastic writer and songwriter (collaborated with Bjork), and John Siddique (I owe him beer).
3. What’s the weirdest book or literary fact you’ve come across recently?
Weirdest book (but in a good way): The End of My Tether by Neil Astley.
Weirdest fact: The only thing I can think of is that the writer Diego Marani while working as a translator for the Council of the European Union, invented Europanto, a mock international auxiliary language.
4. What’s your favorite part about writing The Parrish Lantern?
The reading then finding a way into writing about the book. For example when writing about George Perec’s A Void, it was trying to use the same constraints (the lack of the vowel E). What started as an idea became a 500-word challenge which took me about a month of evenings.
5. What review/feature would you recommend to a first-time visitor of The Parrish Lantern?
Check out the PomesAllSizes page. Or if poetry is not your thing just check out a title from the index and if I’m lucky and the visitor likes a glass of malt with their reading, pay a visit to Ye Olde Parrish Lantern and say Hi.
6. What song are you jamming to now?
Been listening to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’s new album “Push the Sky Away” although my favorite listening is probably Tom Waits or David Sylvian or or or…
Thanks so much for having this lovely interview with us! Make sure to check out the Parrish Lantern: http://parrishlantern.blogspot.co.uk
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Here’s a glimpse of one of Gary’s lists: