Submitted by Leah on Tue, 2014-09-02 18:31
We talk to Man Booker Prize 2014 longlisted novelist Joshua Ferris
What has it been like to be longlisted?
A great honor and a total treat. Lots of congratulations emails from friends, which is always nice. The pleasure of being in marvelous company. The unexpected association with an award both greatly respected around the world and, because we've never been eligible before, still very exotic to Americans. An unexpected new dimension to the life of my book.
What are you working on next?
A novel, of course.
What are you reading at the moment?
A great mystery called Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter, by Terrence W. Deacon, and, at night, the best American novel published in my lifetime, Mason & Dixon, by Thomas Pynchon.
What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?
It's hard to believe that J.M.Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians was not shortlisted in 1980. In 1983, his The Life & Times of Michael K. won it -- my vote for best Man Booker-winner, except on Mondays & Fridays, when I might choose his Disgrace.
Can you see a reaction coming against social media and the new types of virtual life it has brought or are people now too hooked?
I think it's here to stay, with its good & bad.