The Believer Magazine Presents Twenty-Two Conversations Between Writers
McSweeney's Books, Paperback, 9781938073250, 371pp.
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Always Apprentices collects five years of intimate, wide-ranging conversations with many of today’s most prominent writers, taken from the pages of the Believer. The participants don’t limit themselves to issues of writing and craft, but instead offer unfettered exchanges on a wide range of topicsfrom what it means to be a consumer to whether or not to kill a deer, from how we get to know each other to walking while inebriated. The interviews feature the serious-yet-casual Believer approach to the often staid interview format. For example, Sheila Heti asks Mary Gaitskill, If you go into a room or go to a party, is there a basic disposition you have toward humans going through the world?” Elsewhere, Colum McCann begins his conversation with Aleksandar Hemon by asking, What are we doing here? Why aren’t we in a pub?” Other interviews include Don DeLillo talking with Bret Easton Ellis; Joan Didion talking with Vendela Vida; and Barry Hannah talking with Wells Tower.
VENDELA VIDA is the award-winning author of four books, most recently Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers, and a founding editor of Believer magazine. She is also the co-editor of Always Apprentices, a collection of interviews with writers, and Confidence or the Appearance of Confidence, a collection of interviews with musicians. She has written a number of screenplays, and is currently developing her novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name into a film with German director Eva Weber.