It occurred to me that I could have done all of you a solid by providing some links to the JLB interviews I mentioned. I have yet to watch the Stephen King interview. It aired last night, after my blog post. There is some repetition in the tales Burke tells. Even I have to admit to getting a little tired of hearing about the middle of his career where he wasn’t able to publish The Lost Get Back Boogie. But if you haven’t heard it, then it is well worth the listen! It is a tale of persistence to make Rocky Balboa blush.
I’m sure most of you won’t watch all of the videos. Keeping in mind that I’ve yet to watch the King interview, which I’m sure will be stellar. How could it not be? My recommendation would be the Lee Child conversation. Interestingly enough, I could never get into Reacher. But Child’s conversation, I dunno? He seems able to keep up with JLB. No slight to the others, especially considering I actually prefer the work of Connelly and Grisham (I’ve yet to read Koryta).
I’ll probably watch the King interview sometime today, when I have finished my own writing for the day. IF, big if, I can keep myself away from Burke’s latest A Private Cathedral long enough to put in the hour and a half to watch it. The novel is an interesting mix of crime novel and magical realism that I think would make the late-great Toni Morrison proud, and more proof that genre fiction (and certainly Burke’s work) can be literary in nature. Even ignoring Burke’s jaw dropping prose, he is exploring themes and the human condition WELL BEYOND a simple mystery novel. Then, of course, there is the prose…I’ve yet to find a better living composer of prose…perhaps Michael Chabon comes closest (?). 95 MPH fastballs…