Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Interview to Elizabeth Strout on The New York Times

The Burgess Boys
The New York Times published and interview they did to Elizabeth Strout. She is asked about where does she gets the books, which books were her favourite when she was a child and more. You may like it.

Elizabeth Strout: By the Book

Published: March 28, 2013

The author of “The Burgess Boys” and “Olive Kitteridge” thinks the president should read Barbara Pym to give him “a few minutes to completely relax.”

Where and when do you like to read?

For years I did most of my reading on the F train between Brooklyn and Manhattan. I had long commutes, and I read tons of books on that train; I loved it. Now I’m not on the subway for such long stretches of time, so I do a lot of reading at home. We have a great couch. Every person who sits on that couch says it’s a great couch. When I travel — except for cars and buses because I’ll get sick — I read as soon as I sit down; it’s very helpful. There’s something about being in the private world of a book that is intensified by the bustle of the “real” world right next to it.

Are you a rereader? What book do you find yourself returning to again and again?

I do reread, kind of obsessively, partly for the surprise of how the same book reads at a different point in life, and partly to have the sense of returning to an old friend. I go through phases. For a while I was rereading the Russians quite a bit, and then I thought: Well, there’s a time issue here, I better stop this. I also reread Edith Wharton and John Cheever and Alice Munro and William Trevor, always William Trevor. Last summer I reread Hemingway. It was very strange: I felt like I’d never read “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” even though I had. I absolutely loved it.

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