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Conversations With Marilynne Robinson

Today’s video comes courtesy of the University of Iowa and the Big Ten Network.

As an aside, who knew the Big Ten network produced high-brow literature pieces like this? I thought it was strictly sports.

As an SEC guy, I’ve got to say—um, where you at SEC? Let’s get some William Faulkner documentaries sandwiched in between college baseball games this spring!

Anyway, Marilynne Robinson is on faculty at the University of Iowa and, five years ago, she was interviewed as part of the “Conversations from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop” series.

She talks about her three famous novels—Housekeeping, Gilead and Home—as well as her writing process. It’s an excellent interview if you have the time. Read more

Does Fear Hold You Back?

If you think about it, how much of what we do in our daily lives is motivated by fear?

In an interview with Wyatt Mason for The New York Times in October 2014, Robinson talked about how the emotion of fear has infiltrated our culture like never before. Read more

Marilynne Robinson On Faith And Religion

Marilynne Robinson is one of the few professed Christians I recall reading since I started on the Time list.

She keeps her faith to herself for the most part, so it’s not something she beats you over the head with.

However, she did speak a little about her faith when The Paris Review interviewed her in 2008. Read more

The Worst Quotes From V.S. Naipaul

A couple of weeks ago, I laid out some of V.S. Naipaul’s best quotes—of which there are many.

But many of us might know Naipaul from the long list of ridiculous, controversial things he’s said over the years. Seriously, some of this will make you do a double take.

Yep, V.S. Naipaul actually said this: Read more

V.S. Naipaul And His Crappy Watch

In 2001, V.S. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

As is customary, Naipaul was asked to give a short, two-minute speech. And as far as stuffy Nobel Prize speeches go, I’d say it’s rather clever. Naipaul talks about his wrist watch breaking while he was traveling to Stockholm for the Nobel event. There’s a fancy metaphor in there, but you’ll have to watch to find out what it is.

I’ve never actually watched a Nobel Ceremony—not even a clip of it. And, well, to be honest—this seems like quite the pretentious event.

Can anyone explain to me why the woman introducing Naipaul looks to be wearing a sailor’s hat? Is she the new Love Boat Captain?

Enjoy the humor and pretentiousness. Read more

Kingsley Amis: My Sex Scenes Are Kinda Lame

Here’s another clip from a great interview The Paris Review conducted with Kingsley Amis.

Amis was asked about a professor who had called his work “pornographic.” Read more

Kingsley Amis On Character Development and Language

This question The Paris Review asked Kingsley Amis reminds me of a discussion we had about Tolkien’s writing style back when I read The Lord of the Rings. Read more

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