Bookshelf of the Week: ‘A Conversation with Tobias Wolff’

I thought I’d get a little bit ‘multimedia’ with this week’s Bookshelf of the Week, by presenting this wonderful, wonderful video interview with Tobias Wolff. Yeah I know it’s something a little bit different from the norm, but since discovering the video clip a few days ago, this interview has really stuck with me. In the video Wolff talks mainly about his novel Old School, but he also talks intimately about his childhood growing up with books, the writers who have influenced him the most, and a little bit on the craft of writing itself. It’s all inspirational stuff and truly unmissable in my opinion.

The ‘bookshelf’ link becomes obvious when you see just how domineering Wolff’s bookcases are in his study. The cameraman knows it too because there are endless ‘sweeps’ and ‘zooms’ of Wolff’s book collection, which makes it the perfect video for the voyeuristic bibliophile, and the ideal subject I think, for this week’s Bookshelf of the Week.

So I hope you enjoyed this temporary side-step away from the normal format, and if you recognise any of the books that are sitting on Wolff’s shelves, then please let me know what they are. My curiosity is definitely getting the better of me :).

Oh and P.S. This is my 1000th post on RobAroundBooks, so thanks to everyone for putting up with my mindless mumblings for so long!

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).

Comments

  1. Stunning interview! I just loved it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
      says:

      My pleasure Andi. I’m glad you agree with me on the ‘stunning’ aspect.
      Warmest
      Rob

  2. Happy 1000th post, Rob! What a great interview, thanks for sharing. I will be reading Old School near the end of the year with a group of bloggers and this was the perfect teaser.

  3. Really interesting interview Rob, thanks for posting! And congratulations on your 1000th post. 😀

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
      says:

      Cheers Darren,
      I’d imagine you’ve either passed that milestone or aren’t too far off it?
      Warmest
      Rob

  4. Congratulations on your 1000th post. Are you celebrating?

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)
      says:

      Thank you Mr. James! I guess my one sentence mention of it, marks the height of my celebrations. I’m a very low key kind of guy 🙂
      Hope all is well with you
      Warmest
      Rob

  5. 1000th post? Amazing. Many congratulation – you deserve a “commitment to reading” medal from the book trade.