|Kazuo Ishiguro Illustration by Jillian Tamaki for The New York Times|
The New York Times has an ongoing feature in their Books section that I often find interesting. It's called By The Book and today's feature was the best one yet. Here is the link as it's only a 5 minute read and to summarize they ask various people about their reading or writing habits and today featured Kazuo Ishiguro best known as author of the Booker Prize winning The Remains of the Day also made into an interesting movie with longtime faves Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. I've never read that book or anything else by Mr. Ishiguro but now I'm sure I will. He's quite an interesting fellow having written jazz songs and screenplays such as for the last James Ivory movie The White Countess with the always fascinating Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson that I also recommend.
The Den would like to ask our whipsmart readers three questions from this series with my answers below.
Who is your favorite author?
Leo Tolstoy and reading 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina' (Constance Garnett translations) are easily the 2 best reading experiences of my life and read them back to back usually only 10-15 pages a night as I didn't want the stories to end and loved thinking them through.
What are you reading now?
The Autobiography of Mark Twain. I'm about 3/4 through Volumes I and II which total nearly 1500 pages and loving it although it has some dead spots.
What do you plan on reading next?
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh