25 August 2009

Delany in Conversation

As readers of my introduction to The Jewel-Hinged Jaw know, my fascination with Samuel R. Delany really began when I read an interview with him in Charles Platt's book Dream Makers. I've been an avid reader of Delany interviews ever since, and so when Jeff VanderMeer asked me to do a quick interview with him for the Amazon.com blog Omnivoracious, I was particularly thrilled.

That interview has now been posted.


I want to offer here particular thanks to Kyle Cassidy for allowing us to use his marvelous photograph.

Shortly after I finished putting together a draft of the interview, the mailman brought a copy of a new book, Conversations with Samuel R. Delany edited by Carl Freedman for the wonderful Literary Conversations Series from the University Press of Mississippi. The interviews focus on the recent years, and I'd seen most of them in their original form, but there are a few that were published in fairly out-of-the-way places and a couple that have not been published before, including a particularly excellent one conducted by Freedman himself. It's a marvelous and thought-provoking book.

2 comments:

  1. Matt: I published a collection of Chip's letters, "1984," back in 2000. Since I shut down the publishing house in 2005, that means the book's out of print. If you haven't read it and are interested, drop me a line and I'll send you a copy.

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  2. Thanks, Gil -- I know "1984" well, and am grateful to you for having published it. I got a copy a few years ago in Seattle, and have treasured it ever since!

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