Monthly Archives: May 2019

‘Game of Thrones’ Is Ending But It’s Not the End of George R.R. Martin’s World

I interviewed Sophie Turner in London in 2016.
I interviewed Sophie Turner in London in 2016.

“Game of Thrones” is ending on Sunday, but the world that George R.R. Martin created is far from finished.

I wrote a piece about this on Quartz.

I’ve been following the show since before it began, interviewing Martin himself several times as well as cast members like Kit Harington and Sophie Turner. I have some thoughts about the turn that Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen character took in the penultimate episode, but I’m going to wait until the whole show ends before I weigh in.

You can check out my new book “Around Harvard Square” on Amazon.

 

I once interviewed Emilia Clarke at a "Game of Thrones" premiere.
I once interviewed Emilia Clarke at a “Game of Thrones” premiere.

Music and ‘Around Harvard Square’

LaurynCover1The Largehearted Boy blog does this cool series called “book notes” where they ask authors–like Jesmyn Ward and Hari Kunzru–to submit playlists of music that could go along with their books.

This feature fit perfectly with my new novel “Around Harvard Square” so I was psyched when they asked me to submit a playlist. See, my book is set in the 1990s and back then I was the music critic for Time magazine. I used to spend my days and nights interviewing folks like Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, the Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Jay-Z, and other stars of pop, rock, rap and alternative music.

Each of the chapters in “Around Harvard Square” was named after a song from the 1990s, so there’s kind of a built-in playlist. Anyway, I tell more of the story about the connection between my book and the music of the 1990s on the Largehearted Boy blog.

You can read my “book notes” on the Largehearted Boy blog.

Mad About Missandei on ‘Game of Thrones’

Missandei1I love “Game of Thrones” but I’m worried about the fate of some of the people of color on the show.

There’s basically as many dragons going into the final two episodes as there are people of color. I’m going to keep watching, and I’m rooting for Sansa, Arya, Jon, Tyrion, Grey Worm and the rest, but there is a lack of darkness on the series that adjusting the brightness won’t correct. I wrote an essay about all of this for the Grio.

Dracarys, y’all.  If you watch the show, you know what I mean.

You can read my essay about Missandei and “Game of Thrones” here.

You can order my new novel “Around Harvard Square” on Amazon.

My Chat with Blogger Deborah Kalb About ‘Around Harvard Square’

The stained glass windows of the Harvard Lampoon depicting Jester, Ibis and Blot--I wrote about the racial history of these Lampy symbols in my novel 'Around Harvard Square.'
Jester, Ibis and Blot on the Harvard Lampoon’s stained glass widows–I write about the racial history of these symbols in ‘Around Harvard Square.’

I did a q. and a. about my new novel “Around Harvard Square” with Deborah Kalb, who writes a literary blog. I love the fact that there are people out there like Deborah fighting to bring some arts and culture to the internet.

She asked me a lot of great questions about the book, including how I came up with the ending, and how important the setting is to a novel.

You can read my q. and a. with Deborah here.

‘Around Harvard Square’ Does the Quaz with Jeff Pearlman

On the road promoting my novel "Around Harvard Square."
On the road promoting my novel “Around Harvard Square.”

Jeff Pearlman is a former neighbor of mine whom I’ve worked with on various stories and projects over the years. He’s also a critically-acclaimed sportswriter who has launched a half-dozen books up the bestseller lists. He has this interview series called The Quaz that’s kind of like a cooler, less formulaic version of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire and he recently interviewed me for it. We talked about “Coneheads,” that time I interviewed Amy Winehouse, my five favorite films…actually you should read the interview yourself, it’s worth your time. You can check out the installment of the Quaz featuring me talking about my new novel “Around Harvard Square” here.

My novel “Around Harvard Square” is available for purchase on Amazon.

‘Around Harvard Square’ Arrives at Harvard Book Store

HarvardBookStore1I stopped by Harvard Book Store in Cambridge MA on April 30th to read from my new novel “Around Harvard Square.” The turnout was great and there were lots of questions about how I came to write the book, how I managed to anticipate the college cheating scandal, and the lack of diversity in YA fiction.

WCVB-TV came by to do an interview with me and I’ll update you when that piece airs later this month.

You can buy “Around Harvard Square” on Amazon now.