All posts by Christopher Farley

‘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.

‘Around Harvard Square’ Reading and Discussion at Harvard Book Store

HarvardReadingPhoto1I’ll be reading and discussing my new novel “Around Harvard Square” at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA tonight, April 30th at 7pm! Please share this post and let your friends know!

I’ll be holding a q. and a. at the event and discussing all kinds of related topics, from the lack of representation in YA novels to the recent college admissions cheating scandal to my career as a pop music critic for Time, a senior editor at the Wall Street Journal and an executive editor at Amazon Inc.’s Audible. I’ll also talk about co-producing a Peabody-award-winning documentary for HBO, and having Lifetime turn one of my books into a top-rated TV movie.

I hope you can attend the reading!

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

‘Game of Thrones,’ Season 8, Episodes 1 and 2: And Now My Watch Begins

GameofThrones1In his classic novel “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting,” the Czech-born French writer Milan Kundera wrote that “The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” Now it appears that may also be the ultimate theme of HBO’s series “Game of Thrones.”

It will also be the theme of this series of posts, which I’m calling “Taking the Black.” I’ve been interviewing the cast, crew and creators of “Game of Thrones” from the start of the series. I interviewed George R.R. Martin when he released “A Dance With Dragons” and I’ve also talked to Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and other members of the cast. As the series heads towards the finale of its final season, I’m going to post my thoughts on the new episodes, some reflections on past shows, and some throwback photos of me with “GoT” personnel.

Here I am interviewing "A Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin in 2014.
Throwback Photo: Here I am interviewing “A Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin in 2014.

The first two episodes of the eighth season were beautiful throat clearing, renewing our bonds with the characters, and the characters’ bonds with each other. Characters on the show pretty much revealed most of their outstanding secrets to each other. Now it’s time for action, and the much-anticipated Battle for Winterfell.

I’ll be reading from my new novel “Around Harvard Square” at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA on April 30 at 7 p.m. If you’re in the Boston area, please stop by!

‘Around Harvard Square’ on CBC Radio

JohnHarvardI’ve got relatives who live in Canada, so it was a pleasure and an honor for my new novel “Around Harvard Square” to be featured on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio. The CBC is basically the NPR of Canada, which means that a lot of people tune in.

The interview focused on my days back at college when I was an editor of the Harvard Lampoon. You can listen to my interview with CBC about “Around Harvard Square” here.

Come hear me read from “Around Harvard Square” at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

‘Around Harvard Square’ at the LA Times Festival of Books

LosAngeles1After years of hearing all the fuss about the place, I stopped by In-N-Out Burger. My verdict: Solid, but not legendary. The fries were bland and not very crisp, and while the sauce on the burger had some zip, the lukewarm patty wasn’t anything special. Is Fat Burger better? Leave me your thoughts on the best burgers in the comments!

I’m in LA because I’m a panelist at the LA Times Festival of Books at 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 13, on the campus of the University of Southern California, Mudd Hall 203. The title of my session: Writing Writers: Novels About Struggling Artists. If you’re around, please stop by!