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»What is something you always carry with you?«

»Testicles. You never know when you’ll need them.«

Daniel Woodrell

The Dickens of the Ozarks talks jazz, how his first book was published, and what he always carries with him. Noah Charney in conversation with Daniel Woodrell. Read the interview at The Daily Beast.

»One of the reasons The Bayou Trilogy was so obscure and required rescue twenty years after the last was published was that those readers seeking the category conventions were disappointed, said the books were all about character and prose, and where was the thriller plot? I still get that comment pretty often, and I blame marketing for the confusion. My interests have never been in the category conventions.«

Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell came to widespread fame with Winter’s Bone, but he has been writing some of America’s best fiction for years. He talks to Allen Barra about his new book, why he lives in the Ozarks, and his failure to write a city novel. Read the interview at The Daily Beast.

»The Accursed is also about the roiling struggle of women’s rights—politically, socially, psychologically, sexually.«

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates speaks to Jane Ciabattari about her gothic novel The Accursed. Read the email discussion at The Daily Beast.