New York Times: 'By The Book' interview with Sherman Alexie

The New York Times asks Sherman Alexie about his favorite authors, poets and books:
What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Lawrence Wright’s “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.” It’s an examination of one cult religion but can also be read as a primer on the basic cultlike nature of all religions.

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).

I am a very promiscuous reader. Anytime, anywhere. But my favorite place to read is in a hot bath, late at night, with a big glass of ice water.

Who are your favorite novelists?

My favorite novelists and short-story writers are Louise Erdrich, Michael Connelly, Lorrie Moore, James Welch, Toni Morrison, Dennis Lehane, Kelly Link, David Markson, Mo Hayder, Ralph Ellison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Aimee Bender, Jim Carroll and Colin Harrison.

And your favorite poets?

James Wright, Erica Dawson, Emily Dickinson, C. K. Williams, Ai, Adrian C. Louis, Catherine Pierce, James Welch and A. E. Stallings.

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Sherman Alexie: By the Book (The New York Times 11/10)

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