Tag: by the book NY Times

November 2, 2014 /

In what ways do the books you read figure into the music you write? Songwriting is of course a very different art to that of the novelist — condensing sometimes large ideas into rhyming couplets seems to be the opposite process. But it is interesting to me how often a…

November 2, 2014 /

You once worked as an acquisitions editor at the British publisher, Faber & Faber. Do you miss anything about that job? Are you kidding? That was the best job I ever had. I had lunch with the old chairman, Matthew Evans, this week, and we both went dewy-eyed about the…

November 2, 2014 /

If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be? One would be difficult, but the short stories of Flannery O’Connor landed hard on me. You could feel within them the unknowability of God, the intangible mysteries of life that confounded her…