Having Evil Monkey’d Lev Grossman re his article in the Wall Street Journal, and having seen a lot of serious stuff thrown around out there, I thought it was only fair to interview Grossman for Amazon–in, er, a less serious vein. I thought he was a very good sport.
Amazon.com: How would you explain James Joyce’s Ulysses to a 12-year-old child? Is there a children’s book or YA equivalent you could reference?
Lev Grossman: I guess you could get away with saying that it’s a story about an Irish teenager without a real father, who meets a lonely man who’s always wanted a son, and they get to be friends. They’re kind of like Harry Potter and Sirius Black. Wow, that sounded like the worst after-school special ever.