Attitude and more in "The Disrespectful Interviewer"
May 18, 2013
Usually author interviews are done with the idea of civility and respect. The same old questions can always be found in nearly every interview. Then there is this book and how Lauren Baratz-Logsted (LBL) does them. The Disrespectful Interviewer: Thirteen Interviews with Authors features interviews with a sarcastic tone along with plenty of references to the afternoon soap General Hospital.
The lineup subjected to both praise and ridicule is: Jon Clinch, A.S. King, Chris Cleave, Tish Cohen, Greg Logsted (her husband), Kristy Kiernan, Lynn Price, Joseph Finder, Lisa McMann, Lev Raphael, Adriana Trigiani, J. A. Konrath, and the interviewer herself, Lauren Baratz-Logsted. As noted in the introduction, the point of these interviews is to do things different than the standard and often boring interviews that exist everywhere. The 13 interviews in this book ran between November 2009 and October 2010 as LBL's regular column feature on BiblioBuffet. While the literary e-zine is no more, the interviews live on here.
Along with the usual mention of books they have done, the authors involved clearly enjoy the process and give just as good as they get. This give and take results in the occasional reader snicker. Even if some of the authors here are familiar to you, these interviews will show a different side to them than you have ever seen before. Books are the main focus as well as General Hospital for LBL, but negative and/or bad reviews also play a major role here. Along with finding out about some backstory on these 13 authors you will also find some more books to read in The Disrespectful Interviewer: Thirteen Interviews with Authors.
Material supplied by the author in exchange for my objective review.
"[Lauren Baratz-Logsted's] observations and humor are unique, pointed, and involving. Links to each author's writings or website are included at the end of each interview should readers wish to learn more about the writers' works. The result is at once a work of humor, literature, and publishing industry insights that will appeal to a wide audience, from teens through adult readers." ~ Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
"Because I was bored stiff at work and looking for something to keep me awake, I decided to start reading The Disrespectful Interviewer. Not only did it keep me awake, I literally laughed out loud several times (which made my coworkers wonder why I was having so much fun performing my job)." ~Mandy at Literary R&R