Reading: Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs – and a selection of review and interview links

 
 
“The only really good piece of advice I have for my students is, ‘Write something you’d never show your mother or father. And you know what they say? I could never do that!'”
   
– Lorrie Moore, Elle interview, September 2009
   
   
“The detachment of the artist is kind of creepy. It’s kind of rude, and yet really it’s where art comes from. It’s not the same as courage. It’s closer to bad manners than to courage. […] if you’re going to be a writer, you basically have to say, ‘this is just who I am […]’. There’s a certain indefensibility about it. It’s not about loving your community and taking care of it — you’re not attached to the chamber of commerce. It’s a little unsafe. You have to be willing to have only four friends, not 11.”
    
– Lorrie Moore, Elle interview, September 2009
    
     
Michiko Kakutani’s review of A Gate at the Stairs: ‘First Time for Taxis, Lo Mein and Loss’ in the New York Times, 27 August 2009.
   
Jonathan Letham’s review of A Gate at the Stairs: ‘Eyes Wide Open’ in the New York Times, 27 August 2009.
   
Aja Gabel’s review of A Gate at the Stairs in The Virginia Quarterly Review, 27 August 2009.
   
New York Times excerpt from A Gate at the Stairs, 28 August 2009.
   
Mokoto Rich’s profile of Lorrie Moore: ‘Hate, Love, Chores: Lorrie Moore’s Midwest Chronicle’ in the New York Times, 1 September 2009.
   
Stephanie Zacharek’s review of A Gate at the Stairs: ‘People like Lorrie Moore are the only people here’ at Salon, 1 September 2009.
   
Ron Charles’ review of A Gate at the Stairs: ‘With Novel Twists, Moore Paints Both Darkness and an Age of Enlightenment’ in
The Washington Post, 2 September 2009.
   
Kelsey Keith’s ‘Mini interview with Lorrie Moore, Patron Saint of Our Bookshelf’ at Flavorwire, 2 September 2009.
   
Edan Lepucki’s review of A Gate at the Stairs: ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me: Thoughts on Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs’ at The Millions, 3 September 2009.
   
The transcript of Scott Simon’s radio interview with Lorrie Moore: ‘Lorrie Moore On Writing And A ‘Very Crowded’ Life’ on NPR,
5 September 2009.
   
Glen Weldon’s review of A Gate at the Stairs: ‘Moore’s Hallmark Mix Of Wit, Heartache in ‘Gate” on NPR, 5 September 2009.
   
Geeta Sharma Jensen interviews Lorrie Moore: ‘No longer an exile’ in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, 5 September 2009.
   
Anna Mundow interviews Lorrie Moore: ‘Wry, young everywoman in 9/11 era’ in The Boston Globe, 6 September 2009.
   
Tom Alesia interviews Lorrie Moore: ”Gate’ expections’ at Madison.com, 6 September 2006.
   
Tom Nissley’s interview with Lorrie Moore at Omnivoracious,
8 September 2009.
   
Lisa Moore’s review of A Gate at the Stairs in The Globe and Mail,
9 September 2009.
   
Megan O’Grady interviews Lorrie Moore at Vogue Daily’s ‘People Are Talking About’, 10 September 2009.
   
Maureen Corrigan’s review of A Gate at the Stairs: ‘Wonder, Bemusement Reign in Moore’s ‘Gate” at NPR, 11 September 2009.
   
Amy Hanridge reviews A Gate at the Stairs at Bookslut,
September 2009.

7 thoughts on “Reading: Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs – and a selection of review and interview links

  1. Cliff Burns

    “The detachment of the artist is kind of creepy”–amen to that, Lorrie!

    An author lives in a country of one, with no physical borders or ideology. We create because we simply can’t NOT create. Every day I don’t put a pen to paper is a day of disappointment and bitterness.

    Speaking of which, I’d better get down to work. Where’s that darn pen…

  2. Annie

    mm, interesting, I love Lorrie Moore’s writing. Self Help is one of my favourite books ever… not read this one, but about to go and look it up, thanks…

  3. Regina

    Now that is quite the quote! And I find I have to agree with her- some of my best poems are when I really dig deep, thinking, oh, I can’t write that! And then I do and it turns out pretty fab… ;)
    Thanks, Michelle! I like Lorrie as well…
    x

  4. christine

    I love these quotes! Absolutely, and that’s why some of the best writing comes out of those solitary moments, not from a writing group or a workshop. Yes. Write something you wouldn’t show your mother or father. Individuation!

  5. Julie

    The book looks fantastic. Lorrie Moore is an amazing writer. I love the excerpt from the New York Times.

    I also like what she says about taking risks in writing. She is so right. It is often a lonely place.

    Thanks for another great read, Michelle!

  6. Ambiguity

    Am two thirds of the way through reading ‘A Gate’ now – and it’s just amazing. It’s even better than her short stories – and I love her short stories! The only reason I’m not reading it right now is that I know it’s going to be one of those books I’ll miss intensely when it’s over, so I’m trying to put off that moment of finishing…

    So thanks for all the great links – following them will assist me greatly in trying to stave off the inevitable moment of the book ending!

  7. Michelle Post author

    Ambiguity, thanks for visiting.

    Savour the rest of the novel!

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