Though he no longer writes about sports, Hornby is still an avid fan, and it somehow seemed fitting that we conducted this interview on the first night of this year’s World Series.
We were both in Seattle: he was in town from his home in North London to give a reading that evening at the Seattle Public Library.
I had planned to speak with him by telephone and then to attend the reading.
But as a Red Sox fan, I was conflicted about having to forgo game one of the series.
Nonfiction tends to be better, I think, at this organization.
But sometimes I feel that our fiction culture’s become so decadent and lazy that writers don’t think they have to organize anything.The poster responds with quotations from, the Tony Hawk autobiography that Sam has read 40 or 50 times and has largely memorized.In the past, Hawk’s responses have been helpful (if not always entirely on topic), but when Sam finds out that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant, Hawk’s advice doesn’t seem to help quite as much as Sam wishes it would.Yeah, but it tends not to move very quickly in a lot of these books.book that’s in a bookstore should entertain in some way.And having a baby seemed like a pretty momentous thing to me.Obviously, it’s not the same when you’re 35, but when you’re 16, it’s really a big deal. I was kind of surprised as I was reading up on the subject by just how many it’s happening to.Nick Hornby, the author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and Fever Pitch, talks about the pitfalls of contemporary literary culture, his ambition to be the male Anne Tyler, and his new novel for young adults .Sam keeps a poster of the professional skateboarder on his bedroom wall, and when Sam has problems or general questions about life, he tells the poster about them.At the end of our interview, he asked where I was from, and when I replied that I was from Boston, he immediately intuited my conflict.He knew the Sox were playing that night, and he quickly and generously gave me a dispensation. On this tour I’ve been dealing with the people who run the young-adult sections of bookstores and libraries, and they have their own particular favorites. In this same That’s a complicated question with a complicated answer.