WBEZ | Gillian Flynn http://www.wbez.org/tags/gillian-flynn Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Literary Rock & Roll: Girl Trouble http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/literary-rock-roll-girl-trouble-106358 <p><p>Writers <strong>Gillian Flynn</strong> (<em>Gone Girl</em>), <strong>Jane Hamilton</strong> (<em>Laura Rider&rsquo;s Masterpiece</em>) and <strong>Joe Meno</strong> (<em>Office Girl</em>) read from their work followed by music from Chicago band The Right Now.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/StoryWeek-webstory_17.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/literary-rock-roll-girl-trouble-106358 Story Week celebrates Chicago authors, indie publishers http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/story-week-celebrates-chicago-authors-indie-publishers-106161 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Megan Stielstra.jpg" style="float: left; " title="Megan Stielstra is the Literary Director of Chicago's 2nd Story storytelling series and recently co-edited their first print anthology, 'Briefly Knocked Unconscious By a Low-Flying Duck: Stories From 2nd Story.' She has told stories for the Goodman, Steppenwolf, the Paper Machete and Chicago Public Radio. (StoryWeek) " />March has been a spectacular month for aspiring writers and writing programs. In Boston, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview" target="_blank">AWP Annual Conference &amp; Bookfair</a>&nbsp;featured over 500 readings, lectures and panel discussions to celebrate independent publishing and advance the careers of writers across the country.&nbsp;</p><p>And in Chicago, the Columbia College Fiction Writing Department rolled out its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.colum.edu/storyweek/" target="_blank">17th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers</a>, free and open to the public March 17-22.&nbsp;</p><p>This year&#39;s theme is Vision and Voice, and upcoming events include a <a href="http://www.colum.edu/storyweek/schedule.php" target="_blank">Dramatic Revisioning: Conversation with Playwrights</a> at Film Row Cinema on Wednesday, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story-week-festival-writers-literary-rock-roll-girl-trouble-105907" target="_blank">Literary Rock &amp; Roll: Girl Trouble</a> at the Metro on Thursday and WBEZ&#39;s own <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/rick-kogan-essays" target="_blank">Rick Kogan</a> hosting <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/books/16149661/story-week-chicago-classics-with-rick-kogan" target="_blank">Chicago Classics</a> (a night of local literary folks reading from their favorite Chicago authors) at the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">Story Week is a wonderful introduction to the Chicago publishing community, but the book-nerd excitement doesn&#39;t have to end there. Our city is brimming with literary talent, and attending a reading/storytelling series like <a href="http://2ndstory.com" target="_blank">2nd Story</a>, <a href="http://www.tuesdayfunk.org" target="_blank">Tuesday Funk</a>, <a href="http://writeclubrules.com" target="_blank">Write Club</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://twocookieminimum.blogspot.com" target="_blank">Two Cookie Minimum</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://readingundertheinfluence.com" target="_blank">RUI: Reading Under the Influence</a>&nbsp;is a great way to meet new people and glean inspiration for your own yet-to-be-published work.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Unsure of how to begin turning your long-labored memoir, science fiction novel or collection of short stories into the next literary masterpiece? <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoLiterati" target="_blank">Chicago Literati</a>&nbsp;is a helpful hub for news on local publishing companies (<a href="http://www.curbsidesplendor.com" target="_blank">Curbside Splendor</a>, <a href="http://www.featherproof.com/Mambo/" target="_blank">Featherproof Books</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.catandratpublishing.com">Cat and Rat Publishing</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com" target="_blank">Chicago Review Press</a>, etc.) and the organizations that promote them.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/The Chicago Reader_RUI.jpg" style="height: 211px; width: 270px; float: right; " title="At RUI: Reading Under the Influence, a monthly reading series established in 2005 and held in various bars throughout Chicago, local writers take a shot before reading a piece on the night's chosen theme. (The Chicago Reader/Kristie Kahns)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Supporters of the Chicago publishing community include nonprofits (<a href="http://www.chicagowrites.org/default.aspx" target="_blank">Chicago Writer&#39;s Association</a>, <a href="http://www.cwip.org" target="_blank">Chicago Women in Publishing</a>, <a href="http://youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/" target="_blank">Young Chicago Authors</a>), writer meetups (<a href="http://www.sundaysalon.com/chicago-salon" target="_blank">Sunday Salon</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/PubNite" target="_blank">Publishing Cocktails</a>), independent bookstores (<a href="http://citylitbooks.com" target="_blank">City Lit Books</a>, <a href="http://www.powellschicago.com" target="_blank">Powell&#39;s Books</a>, <a href="http://www.unabridgedbookstore.com" target="_blank">Unabridged Bookstore</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagocomics.com" target="_blank">Chicago Comics</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com" target="_blank">Book Cellar</a>, <a href="http://www.quimbys.com" target="_blank">Quimby&#39;s Bookstore</a>, <a href="http://thirdcoastcomics.com" target="_blank">Third Coast Comics</a>, <a href="http://www.unchartedbooks.com" target="_blank">Uncharted Books</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebookstall.com" target="_blank">Book Stall</a>), literary news outlets (<a href="http://gapersblock.com/bookclub/" target="_blank">Gapers Block Book Club</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/literature/Section?oid=926726" target="_blank">ChicagoReader</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://lit.newcity.com" target="_blank">NewCity Lit</a>) and writing centers like <a href="http://www.storystudiochicago.com/aboutus/" target="_blank">StoryStudio Chicago</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In honor of our hard-working local writers (many of them my friends) who consistently amaze, inspire and fight for their stories to be heard, I present some of my favorite published works from&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Chicago#Authors_and_writers" target="_blank">Chicago authors</a> past and present:&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Everyone-Remain-Calm-ebook/dp/B005XBUP56" target="_blank">Everyone Remain Calm</a></strong>&nbsp;by Megan Stielstra</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Criminalist-Eugene-Izzi/dp/0380793490" target="_blank"><strong>The Criminalist&nbsp;</strong></a>by Eugene Izzi</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Girl-Novel-Gillian-Flynn/dp/030758836X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1363748760&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=gone+girl" target="_blank"><strong>Gone Girl</strong></a> by Gillian Flynn</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Building-Stories-Chris-Ware/dp/0375424334" target="_blank"><strong>Building Stories</strong>&nbsp;</a>by Chris Ware&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fall-Vintage-Crime-Black-Lizard/dp/0307473643" target="_blank"><strong>We All Fall Down</strong></a> by Michael Harvey</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Office-Girl-Joe-Meno/dp/161775076X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1363745294&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=office+girl" target="_blank"><b>Office Girl</b></a>&nbsp;by Joe Meno&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/I-Sailed-Magellan-Stuart-Dybek/dp/0312424116/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1363745328&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=i+sailed+with+magellan" target="_blank"><strong>I Sailed with Magellan</strong></a>&nbsp;by Stuart Dybek</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.amazon.com/May-Shed-These-Human-Bodies/dp/0983422877" target="_blank"><strong>May We Shed These Human Bodies</strong></a>&nbsp;by Amber Sparks&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Who are your favorite Chicago writers and publishers? Leave a comment below, send a shout-out via Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a> or join the conversation on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/story-week-celebrates-chicago-authors-indie-publishers-106161 Gillian Flynn discusses new book, "Gone Girl" http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/gillian-flynn-discusses-new-book-gone-girl-105540 <p><p><strong>Gillian Flynn</strong> is the author of <em>Gone Girl</em>, a best seller on <em>The New York Times</em> best seller fiction list. &nbsp;The Chicago writer is a former TV critic for <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>. &nbsp;Her previous novels are <em>Sharp Objects</em>, an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain&#39;s Dagger Awards, and <em>Dark Places</em>. This event was presented by the Society of Midland Authors, an organization established in 1915 for published authors in the Midwest. The Chicago Public Library &nbsp;co-hosted the event.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79277248" width="100%"></iframe></p><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CPL-webstory_29.jpg" title="" />&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SMA-webstory_4.gif" title="" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Recorded&nbsp;Wednesday February 13, 2013 at the Harold Washington Library Center.</div></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/gillian-flynn-discusses-new-book-gone-girl-105540 List: Bestelling books of 2012 from the Book Cellar that happened to be written by Zulkey.com interviewees http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/list-bestelling-books-2012-book-cellar-happened-be-written-zulkeycom <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3549872467_98c3cce32b.jpg" style="height: 460px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Gillian Flynn at the Book Cellar. Flickr/Amy Guth" /><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780307595652">The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/04/the_deb_perelman_interview.php">Deb Perelman</a><br />&nbsp;</div><p><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780525478812">The Fault In Our Stars</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/diary_archive_082903.html">John Green</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780307588364">Gone Girl</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2012/08/the_gillian_f.php">Gillian Flynn</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780142402511">Looking For Alaska</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/diary_archive_082903.html">John Green</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780307477477">Visit From the Goon Squad</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/diary_archive_092906.html">Jennifer Egan</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780451236685">If You Were Here</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2012/01/the_jen_lancaster_interview.php">Jen Lancaster</a><br /><br />You are welcome, authors and Book Cellar! I&rsquo;m happy to be solely responsible for your success.</p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/list-bestelling-books-2012-book-cellar-happened-be-written-zulkeycom Al Gini's Christmas book bag http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-12/al-ginis-christmas-book-bag-104215 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/greencandy8888.jpg" title="A great book may be the best bet for gifts this Holiday (flickr/ greencandy8888)" /></p><p>Years ago I gave up the elusive quest for the perfect Christmas gift and started buying everyone a book that I hoped they would love &mdash; or at leaset one they&#39;d find interesting. Of course, this too is tricky to figure out. But my formula is a simple one: If I read it and liked it maybe they&rsquo;ll like it too! So here&rsquo;s my list of pre-certified books that may fit your gift needs &mdash;&nbsp;or could simply wind up being a gift you buy for yourself!</p><p>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gillian Flynn, <em>Gone Girl</em></p><p>Flynn&rsquo;s book surprised me and the publishing world as well. It&rsquo;s been on the <em>New York Times </em>Best Seller list for over 26 weeks. The reason is simple: It&#39;s plot driven, character rich and suspense laden, a murder mystery without a murder. It&rsquo;s about a missing wife, a troubled marriage and a totally self-centered woman who feels she has the right to play fast with the lives of everyone she knows. Its complex, compelling and addictive.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-08/gillian-flynn-interview-101906">Related: Claire Zulkey&#39;s interview with Gillian Flynn</a></em></li></ul><p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Carol Anshaw, <em>Carry The One</em></p><p>In 1992 Carol Anshaw published <em>Aquamarine</em> and I immediately became her biggest fan. Her latest work,&nbsp;<em>Carry The One,</em> proves that her power as a writer has grown with the years. This book tells the story of a group of friends involved in an auto accident that takes the life of a young girl. It&#39;s also a story of collective guilt and how time cannot heal all wounds.&nbsp;</p><p>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jess Walter, <em>Beautiful Ruins</em></p><p>This is my guilty pleasure for the year. I couldn&rsquo;t go to Italy this summer, so I read this romantic story of Italy, love, family and memories. The story starts with Richard Burton and Liz Taylor and the making of <em>Cleopatra </em>in Rome. Somewhere along the line Richard has an affair with a minor actress in the film. The actress flees to a seaside hotel and the owner falls in love with her. She leaves for California and points west. A child is born.&nbsp; Years later, the hotel owner sets out to find his lost first love. Then the story gets too rich and too much fun to tell you about it now and ruin it for you. The book is not a sleazy melodrama; rather, it is a charming story told by a master storyteller.</p><p>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; J.R. Moehringer, <em>Sutton</em></p><p>In this work, Moehringer transforms&nbsp;bank robber Willie &ldquo;The Actor&rdquo; Sutton into a romantic, modern day Robin Hood. Sutton is painted as a tough but intelligent Irish kid who turned to crime because he had no other alternatives. Sutton is depicted as a &quot;Gentleman Thief&quot; who reads poetry and literature and plans his bank stick ups with the precision of a Fortune 500 CEO. I learned a great deal about Willie Sutton, and learned to like him as well. The book may stray from the facts, but it&rsquo;s a great read.</p><p>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Philip Kerr, <em>Prague Fatale</em></p><p>This is the latest installment of Phillip Kerr&rsquo;s saga of Bernie Gunther, the Berlin detective in Nazi Germany who hates Hitler. Nevertheless, Bernie is drafted into the SS as a detective and is forced to serve a cause he hates. This is really story of a moral man in an immoral society and his struggle to maintain his personal dignity, sense of honor &mdash; and his life.&nbsp;</p><p>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kevin Power, <em>The Yellow Birds</em></p><p>From the time of Homer, wars have produced death and destitution &mdash; as well as great literature. For example: World War I, Eric Remarque&#39;s&nbsp;<em>All Quiet on the Western Front</em>; WWII, Irwin Shaw&#39;s&nbsp;<em>The Young Lions</em>; Vietnam, Philip Caputo&#39;s&nbsp;<em>A Rumor of War</em> and Tim O&rsquo;Brian&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Going After Cacciato</em>. The war in Iraq is no exception to the rule. Kevin Powers&rsquo; <em>The Yellow Birds</em> is a riveting account of what can happen to young men when they enter the &ldquo;field of Mars.&rdquo;</p><p>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; David J. Walker, <em>Company Orders</em></p><p>David Walker is the author of two detective series set in Chicago: <em>The Mal Foley</em>&nbsp;series, about a disbarred lawyer, and <em>The Wild Onion</em> series, about a former female cop and her lawyer husband, who very much resemble the New York-based Nick and Nora Charles. Walker makes Chicago and its characters come alive in all of his novels: priests, cardinals, detectives, the CIA and your occasional hitman. While the story line is a little thin, the scenery and characters are compelling.</p><p>8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nelson Mandela with Richard Stengel,&nbsp;<em>Long Walk to Freedom</em></p><p>I spent a big part of last summer in South Africa. One of the main topics of conversation was the health of the first president of the new South Africa, Nelson Mandela. So, I picked up a copy of his autobiography,&nbsp;<em>Long Walk to Freedom&nbsp;</em><em>&mdash;&nbsp;</em>all 768 pages of it. This is not a hard read or one that requires a deep knowledge of African politics. This is simply the story of a man &nbsp;who believed that injustice to any man or woman, no matter what their color ethnicity, is wrong. This is the story of a man who spent 27 years in prison and refused to hate those who put him there. This is the story Africa&rsquo;s Abraham Lincoln.</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-12/al-ginis-christmas-book-bag-104215 The Gillian Flynn Interview http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-08/gillian-flynn-interview-101906 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Gillian%20Flynn%20by%20credit%20Heidi%20Jo%20Brady.jpg" title="Author Gillian Flynn (Photo by Heidi Jo Brady)" /></div><p>Today I chat with Gillian Flynn, the author of the crime novel sensation <em>Gone Girl. </em>It&#39;s a&nbsp;creepy, delightful read (or in my case, listen), wherein a woman goes missing and we hear her point of view about the case in addition to her husband&rsquo;s, who happens to be the prime suspect in the case. A Chicago resident, Flynn is also the author of <a href="http://gillian-flynn.com/sharp-objects/"><em>Sharp</em></a> <a href="http://gillian-flynn.com/sharp-objects/"><em>Objects</em></a> and <a href="http://gillian-flynn.com/dark-places/"><em>Dark</em></a> <a href="http://gillian-flynn.com/dark-places/"><em>Places</em></a> and is a former TV critic for <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>. You can learn much more about her <a href="http://gillian-flynn.com/">here</a>.</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s the first book you ever read that truly scared you? </strong><br />I remember as a kid I was obsessed over Agatha Christie&#39;s <em>And Then There Were None</em>, about a group of people on an island being slowly killed off. The waft of madness in the air and the ever-ratcheting tension! I loved it.</p><p><strong>In <em>Gone Girl</em>, Nick loves the way his wife, Amy, mistakenly hears the lyrics of &ldquo;Invisible Touch.&rdquo; What are some memorable lyrical mis-reads from your own life? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-08/means-what-misinterpretations-common-turns-phrase-101533">I know a girl who thought &ldquo;How can we be lovers if we can&rsquo;t be friends&rdquo; was &ldquo;How can we be lovers if we can&rsquo;t be Ed McMahon.&rdquo;</a></strong><br />Well, she makes a good point, actually. Haven&#39;t we all asked ourselves that very question? That &quot;Invisible Touch&quot; mistake was actually my very own &mdash; I loaned it to Amy. In fact, one of my best friends from high-school read <em>GONE GIRL</em> and emailed me after for just that reason.&nbsp;But I grew up in the &#39;80s &mdash; no lyrics made sense. I mean, seriously, look up &quot;Pour Some Sugar on Me.&quot;</p><p><strong>Amy&rsquo;s parents write a series of books loosely based on her called <em>Amazing Amy</em>&nbsp;and <em>Amazing Amy Grows Up</em>. What fictional children&rsquo;s future adulthoods have you found yourself pondering? </strong><br />Oh that&#39;s easy: Alice from <em>Alice in Wonderland</em>. Such a clever, curious, amused and generally unruffled girl! Like <em>Amazing Amy</em>, Alice was based on a real child (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Liddell">Alice</a> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Liddell">Liddell</a>), but I mean the Wonderland Alice &mdash; I&#39;d have loved to have met her in college.</p><p><strong>What&rsquo;s your method for laying out the plot of your books? Do you have an organizing system or do you just write? (I just write.)</strong><br />I do much more organizing when I rewrite &mdash; that&#39;s when I really start nailing things down and do the real work on the plot. But early on, I just like to see where the characters take me. It sounds very author-y, but it works for me.</p><p><strong>How often is the first-draft ending of your books the ending</strong><strong> the readers see in the published version? What books of yours had the most different-from-the-published-version original endings?</strong><br />I never know how a book is going to end when I start writing. <em>Sharp Objects</em> differed the most: The person who is revealed as the murderer in the published novel wasn&#39;t even in the first draft! I had a different killer in mind, and it just felt wrong.</p><p><strong>What have been some of your favorite true-crime reads of late?</strong><br />I loved Richard Lloyd Parry&#39;s <a href="http://www.bookslut.com/nonfiction/2012_06_019058.php"><em>People</em></a> <a href="http://www.bookslut.com/nonfiction/2012_06_019058.php"><em>Who</em></a> <a href="http://www.bookslut.com/nonfiction/2012_06_019058.php"><em>Eat</em></a> <em><a href="http://www.bookslut.com/nonfiction/2012_06_019058.php">Darkness</a>&nbsp;</em>&mdash; it truly captured the personalities of the people involved in a shocking, sad case; it was stunningly researched; it really unsettled me. Like, bad dreams and obsessive Internet research unsettling. Plus he was very humane in how he handled the story &mdash; you never, ever got the feeling he&#39;d forgotten there were real people and real lives involved. And I always have to recommend Bella Stumbo&#39;s brilliant <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Until-Twelfth-Never-Divorce-Broderick/dp/0671726668"><em>Until</em></a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Until-Twelfth-Never-Divorce-Broderick/dp/0671726668"><em>the</em></a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Until-Twelfth-Never-Divorce-Broderick/dp/0671726668"><em>Twelfth</em></a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Until-Twelfth-Never-Divorce-Broderick/dp/0671726668"><em>of</em></a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Until-Twelfth-Never-Divorce-Broderick/dp/0671726668"><em>Never</em></a>.</p><p><strong>Your father was a film professor: Have there been any classics that he felt you ought to enjoy that you just couldn&rsquo;t get into? </strong><br />My dad loves David Lynch. I love David Lynch, but my dad really loves David Lynch, and so he took me to <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080678/">The</a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080678/">Elephant</a> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080678/">Man</a></em> when I was nine. It was scarring; I left part way through in tears because people were so awful to him and have yet to take it on again.</p><p><strong>How do you watch TV differently now that you&rsquo;re not reviewing it?</strong><br />In ways both good and bad. I can watch it purely for enjoyment, which is lovely (I like not having a pen and paper next to me at all times). But that means I&#39;m not as invested in making my case for or against a show, and that can take some of the fun away. I like the challenge of being forced to articulate exactly why you love, hate or &quot;meh&quot; a series.</p><p><strong>How does it feel to be the 323rd person interviewed for Zulkey.com/WBEZ? </strong><br />I am honored; 323 is my lucky number.</p></p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-08/gillian-flynn-interview-101906