For November, I posed a series of questions — with, as always, a few verbal restrictions — to five authors with new books: Eileen G’Sell (“Life After Rugby“), Garth Risk Hallberg (“A Field Guide to the North American Family“), Bill McKibben (“Radio Free Vermont“), Richard Thomas (“Why Bob Dylan Matters“), and Kevin Young (“Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News“).
Without summarizing it in any way, what would you say your book is about?
Eileen G’Sell: Beautiful secrets and bloody feet. Marathon finish lines ribboned in loss. Learning how to spell “laughter” correctly.
Garth Risk Hallberg: The binoculars on the cover could have been a kaleidoscope: inside is 21st-century family life seen through the crazy swirl of all the books I loved when I was 24. It’s like my attempt to mediate in my parents’ divorce. My parents John Cheever and Gertrude Stein.
Bill McKibben: Standing up (via sitting in), local beer, late-‘60s non-Motown soul music, the roots of podcasting and/or the natural successors to Paul Harvey and, mostly, resistance.
Kevin Young: Art, truthiness, pseudoscience, hoaxing, fake news, race, and humbug in American life and history.
Richard Thomas: The genius …read more