Oct. 15, 2009 | 2:04 p.m.
Jacket Copy is our more-adult sister blog about books (and by “more-adult” I don’t mean porn; I mean that it has fewer posts about, you know, zombie comedies and super-villains) and our newsroom pal Carolyn Kellogg has a new Q&A there with Michael Chabon, who is the F. Scott Fitzgerald of fanboys. Or is he more like the Saul Bellow of super-geeks? Hmm. The Martin Amis of comics nerds? Anyway, as the father of an 8-year-old who is obsessed with “Star Wars” Legos, I had to smile at Chabon’s knotty musings about that most structured of playthings. JC: In a couple of the early pieces in [the new nonfiction collection "Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son"], you express a concern for the lack of mystery in the lives of children. MC: I’m not sure it’s so much a lack of mystery. I think there’s still plenty of mystery. […]
Aug. 21, 2008 | 1:10 p.m.
Scott Timberg is a good friend of the Hero Complex who writes insightfully about authors and literature for the Los Angeles Times. He recently interviewed Michael Chabon for a Q&A that appeared in the Sunday paper recently, but due to space considerations, it was edited down. Here is the full, “director’s cut” version. Michael Chabon is well known as the author of novels such as the coming-of-age tale “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” the exuberant, Pulitzer-winning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” and “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union,” an alternate-universe story that just came out in paperback and recently won the Nebula Award. But Chabon has long harbored a related passion, which has run alongside and sometimes overlapped with his novels: to make the literary world safe for genre fiction and to expand the notion of what a serious work of […]