Zoilus by Carl Wilson

Makin’ Jaw-Jaw With Nick Hornby

September 11th, 2009

This Sunday at 1 pm at Harbourfront’s Enwave Theatre in Toronto, as I’ve been mentioning in the listings but not talking about upfront, I’m doing a live interview with British writer Nick Hornby. Hornby’s done his share of music criticism but his best writing about music - and in particular, about attachment to music and the ways it shapes or is misshapen by personal identity - is of course in his fiction, most notably High Fidelity and the new (midlife-rather-than-quarterlife-crisis edition) Juliet, Naked, which is in a nutshell the tragicomic tale of what it’s like to be married to someone who spends all their time on music discussion boards, on one hand, and what it’s like to be an object of obsession on those discussion boards, on the other.

I’d love to see you there but I’m also in the midst of preparation for the interview (which will follow a short reading by Hornby) and would be happy to hear what questions or topics you’d want to hear covered, whether or not you can attend.

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  2. Jody says:

    Carl, I’m sure Hornby’s criticism isn’t exactly the subject of this discussion — and that you don’t want anything too contentious. But I wonder if you might raise Hornby’s infamous New Yorker piece “Pop Quiz,” in which he listened to the Billboard Top 10 and concluded the barbarians had taken over.


    I’d be curious if he stands by that piece, has any awareness of/feelings about the rockist/poptimist discourse, etc. This seems like a natural topic, given the questions treated in your own book.

    Wish I could be there! Post a transcript or MP3 or something…

  3. Kevin Speicher says:

    You were charmingly nervous, Doyle and you were a good combination, and it went well.

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