Ivan Brunetti profile

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Time Out Chicago’s May 31-June 6, 2007, issue. For more, read my Q&A with Brunetti at Underground Bee. For a collection of comic books, Ivan Brunetti’s Misery Loves Comedy (Fantagraphics, $24.95) looks unusually plain on the outside. No dust jacket. No illustration. Just the title and the… Continue reading Ivan Brunetti profile

Audrey Niffenegger interview (2005)

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on December 15, 2005. Audrey Niffenegger worked for 14 years on her latest book, “The Three Incestuous Sisters.” The long gestation period is understandable, because this is no ordinary book. Niffenegger, an Evanston native who currently lives in Chicago’s North Park neighborhood, paid meticulous attention… Continue reading Audrey Niffenegger interview (2005)

Richard Price Q&A

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on February 5, 2003. Richard Price’s new book, “Samaritan,” is the third in a string of convincingly realistic novels set in the public housing projects of New Jersey. Price first used the setting in “Clockers,” a story of drug dealers and the cops tracking them.… Continue reading Richard Price Q&A

Rick Moody Q&A

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on September 25, 2002. Readers expecting a straight memoir from acclaimed novelist Rick Moody won’t find it in “The Black Veil.” Subtitled “A Memoir With Digressions,” the new book does include Moody’s account of his battles with depression and alcoholism. But it’s a stranger, more… Continue reading Rick Moody Q&A

Chuck Palahniuk interview

This article by Robert Loerzel originally appeared in Pioneer Press on July 10, 2002. Since his novel, “Fight Club:’ was turned into a movie, Chuck Palahniuk has been drawing new fans. But Palahniuk doesn’t want just anyone reading his books. His most recently published novel, “Choke,” throws down the gauntlet with its opening lines, daring… Continue reading Chuck Palahniuk interview