Arthur Phillips (desambiguació)Entrevista
"Arthur Phillips" comprèn com a mínim 4 autors diferents, dividits per les seves obres.
Entrevista a l'autor
Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis in 1969 and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion. His novels include Prague, The Egyptologist, Angelica, and the newly released The Song Is You.
Tell me about your library.
I tend to keep only those books that I think are 5-star, or that I need for current research. My library is almost entirely fiction, and it's alphabetized by last name. What else? Paperbacks, usually, as they take up less space. First bookcase: Amis, Kingsley through Mann, Heinrich. Second bookcase: Mann, Thomas through Woolf, Virginia.
What are you reading now?
What books would people be surprised to know you own?
I could list dozens of writers, hundreds of books. Let's just pick a country.
You've traveled a lot, it seems. What's your favorite place?
I have lived very happily in several places in the US and Europe. I was very happy in Budapest, so happy that I wrote a book about it (Prague). I was very happy in Paris (where I wrote The Egyptologist). Strangely, I wrote the Victorian ghost story, Angelica, on the sunny beaches of South Carolina.
Your new novel, The Song is You seems like a departure from your previous novels. It's set in present day, for one. Tell me more about the book.
It's a strange love story, I suppose. A love story between two people who consider whether they might be happier if they never meet. A love story of a man for music (especially his iPod). A love story of a shattered marriage. It's also got some Jeopardy jokes. It is set in the present, very much the present. 2009, January to November...
You were a Jeopardy! champion! Do you go to trivia nights at local bars and clean up now?
I went to one with some friends. They cleaned up; I drank and cheered them on.
If you could write a final Jeopardy! question on authors, what would it be?
This American author lost on Jeopardy on a very easy question, and should have known better, and apparently would have known the answer if he had gone to Princeton. Too bad he's a loser. (Who is Arthur Phillips?)
And lastly, what's on your iPod?
That's a very personal question, and one that would require listing all 8,000 songs, so that you had a full picture. How about this, instead: favorite classical composer: Erik Satie. Favorite jazz sax player: Dexter Gordon. Favorite band to come out of Manchester, UK: tie: The Smiths and New Order.
—interview by Abby Blachly