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David Mitchell: Lighthouse Keeper, Or Maybe Forester

When I was a little turd, I wanted to be an astronaut. Then the Challenger explosion happened, Punkie Brewster aired A Very Special Episode™ about it, everyone at school cried, and I was cured of my aspirations to hitch a… Continue Reading →

How Slade House grew from an “ectoplasmic diversity” of horror influences

In a short piece for The Guardian, David Mitchell explains how Slade House grew from a Twitter experiment — the short story “The Right Sort” —  into a ghost novel in its own right: “Despite naming my first published novel… Continue Reading →

Mitchell gives us a reason to perfect cryopreservation

The good news? David Mitchell’s completed a new book! The bad? None of us will be alive to read it when it’s finally released. That’s because Mitchell’s book, From Me Flows What You Call Time, was written for something called… Continue Reading →

Mitchell Interviewed In The New Zurich Times

Hey! There’s a new David Mitchell interview…in German, printed by a Swiss newspaper, and Google Translate doesn’t quite do the trick. (Although it’s amusing to see The Bone Clocks translated as “The Bone Watches.”) Mitchell answers questions about the structure… Continue Reading →

Japan Times interviews Mitchell on his time in Japan, how it shaped his career as a writer

William Bradbury of the English-language newspaper Japan Times talks to David Mitchell about his time spent living in Japan, Japanese writers who’ve influenced his style as a novelist, and how his wife tells him he views Tokyo “as a country… Continue Reading →

The Bone Clocks’ Richard Cheeseman Makes A Return In Mitchell Short Story, ‘My Eye On You’

From The Guardian: “My Eye on You marks the return of a character from Mitchell’s Booker prize-longlisted novel The Bone Clocks, describing how the critic Richard Cheeseman turns away from a desperate plan to revenge himself on the ageing novelist… Continue Reading →

David Mitchell reads from Slade House

Here’s David Mitchell during his Slade House book tour, reading the novel’s chilling first chapter from the point of view of a 13-year-old autistic boy named Nathan Bishop. This is from Mr. Mitchell’s stop at the 92nd Y in Manhattan:

David Mitchell: Why Superman’s boring

From a November 2015 interview with Big Think (video below): “Purely good, purely evil character are as dull as dishwater. Superman is intrinsically boring. Darth Vader is intrinsically boring until a fairly clunky extra layer gets added later on in… Continue Reading →

David Mitchell interview: The Bat Segundo Show, 2005

Travel a decade back in time and check out the Bat Segundo podcast’s 2005 interview with David Mitchell! Sharp-eyed fans will realize the podcast was named after the last “narrator” in Mitchell’s debut novel, Ghostwritten, a glib New York City… Continue Reading →

Jazz from David Mitchell’s “Tokyo” chapter of Ghostwritten!

YouTube user L4JCdotCOM has put together a playlist of the jazz cuts played by Satoru in Ghostwritten’s beautiful Tokyo chapter. The playlist starts off with Miles Davis and runs down the list of favorites played by Satoru, the young Japanese… Continue Reading →

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