Feb 19, 2009
Jessa Crispin is editor and founder
" a monthly web magazine and daily
blog dedicated to those who love to read. We provide a constant
supply of news, reviews, commentary, insight, and more than
Martin describes her this
"Certainly she’s a reader, a great reader, and she knows how to make one good party after another, whether in a beer-poster-clad upstairs room at the Hopleaf or Bookslut. She’s a hostess for all of us, a sundress’d impressario. In that way she belongs on the same hearty category as Mike McGonigal: self-made, peripatetic, generous but with standards and boundaries. The other thing is that, like McGonigal, she gives off a slightly timeless vibe: a bit San Francisco 1950s, a bit Chianti in Greenwich Village, a bit rockabilly, a bit Christina’s World."
We met at her home recently in
Chicago, and talked about, among other things, the origins of
Bookslut, her underemployment at Planned Parenthood, ex-boyfriends,
blog advertising, hiring writers, shrinking book review sections,
writing for oneself, inexplicable successes, the name ‘Bookslut’
and thoughts of changing it, Somerset Maugham, favourite novels,
and the future of blogs.
Copyright © 2009 by Nigel Beale. www.nigelbeale.com