Julie Klam interviews herself about the most exciting parts of her life and her new memoir, Friendkeeping. Click here to check out the interview!
Meghan O’Rourke writes about visiting Brooklyn Bridge Park and downtown Manhattan after the storm. “The jewel-like cable lights on the Brooklyn Bridge (I used to pretend they were a river nymph’s necklace when I was dreamy child), went dark halfway across. The image was startling—a city divided, those who had power and those who didn’t. Standing there I thought of the lines from Hart Crane’s paean to New York City ‘To Brooklyn Bridge’: Under thy shadow by the piers I waited;/Only in darkness is thy shadow clear./The City’s fiery parcels all undone, /Already snow submerges an iron year.” To read the full piece, click here.
“I realized as I read it that I wasn't responding only to the book itself — which covers territory like secrets, crisis management, and how much advice to give your friends — but to the mere fact that it was written. It was taking seriously something, namely adult friendships, that often turns into the wallpaper of cultural life: something that's there, and that's lovely, and that ideally you don't have to think about, but not something that you would delve into deeply. Not something you attend to specifically.” To read the full piece, click here.
Nami Mun, author of the novel Miles from Nowhere, talks about being a teenage runaway, her writing, and the National Runaway Switchboard, a national crisis hot line for at-risk youth, where she volunteers. To read the interview, click here.
Catherine Chung writes about “novel neighborhoods” for the Townies section of The New York Times. To read her essay, click here.
Susan Orlean and Julie Klam talk about the joys and pitfalls of writing dog books, whether to allow dogs into your book tour readings, and why even ugly dogs can be cute, in an interview for the New York Times Book Review. Click here to read more!