Should you be teaching my work this semester, this series of extraordinarily thoughtful questions from a current MFA student at the University of San Francisco, Kristin Seabolt, at the program’s online Switchback, may prove informative to your students. Gracias, Kristin, for treating someone you’d never read before with such curiosity and openness.
Here’s a quick rundown of some interviews, articles, reviews, and other media for What You See in the Dark, all in a handy-dandy list:
VERY CHOICE BITS
An alumni profile in Harvard Magazine (for all the dirt on how Manuel came from dirt).
A radio interview with Michael Silverblatt on KCRW’s Bookworm (if you want to hear Manuel quiver in front of a genius).
A review by the film critic Charles Taylor at the IFC film blog (if you’d like a beautifully argued observation of the novel’s chief aims).
A forcefully brilliant read from the sharp-shooting, hard-hitting blog out of Tennessee, Chapter 16. Gracias, Susannah Felts, for a review I wish I’d had at my disposal last year.
A review by the film critic Miguel Rodriguez at KPBS’s Cinema Junkie (if you’d like a consideration of why Psycho is used as the novel’s cultural touchstone).
An invited blog post at the Library of America (if you’d like to see the debt Manuel owes to the great mind of Gwendolyn Brooks).
Manuel’s Juror Favorite selection from the 2011 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories (if you’d like proof that Manuel’s literary taste includes something other than his own, and also if you’d like to say you appreciated Matthew Neill Null before everyone else did).
Some pictures of Manuel’s work space (in case you’re curious like that).
An interview conducted by fellow writer Jenny Shank over at New West (if you want the scoop on why the hell Manuel did the second person thing).
An interview at TimeOut Chicago (if you want a precise rundown in a glossy, classy mag).
An interview with the lovely Creosote Journal (if you want some more about how Manuel ran across the Petula Clark/Harry Belafonte moment).
An interview with the very popular film blog, The Film Experience (if you want to hear Manuel go on about Robert Altman and the glory of Nashville again).
An interview with Houston’s OutSmart Magazine (if you’d like to get a read on Manuel’s sometimes testy relationship with queer literature).
A video interview with Park City TV in Utah (if you want to judge how jazz-handy Manuel is on camera, or to admire his scuffed boots).
An interview at La Bloga (if you’d like a take on small-town transgressors and a little cachetada at Obama’s tip-toeing).
SOME PRINT AND MEDIA REVIEWS
They loved it at NPR.
They loved it in Cleveland.
They loved it in Philly.
They loved it in Austin.
They loved it in Chattanooga and in Edmonton, Canada (no, really–there are just no links anymore!)
SOME BLOG POSTS
A playlist of film scores is posted over at Largehearted Boy.
A pairing with Chuck Palahniuk at Beverly in Movieland.
A review by Laura Marris at CultureMob.
A review over at Three Guys, One Book.