Alexandra Jacobs
April 26, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Conversations With Anne Rice

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Michael Riley
publisher
Ballantine
genre
Nonfiction, Pop Culture

We gave it an A-

In Conversations With Anne Rice, a series of lucid, bewitching interviews with the high priestess of modern gothic writing, Michael Riley — a close friend and obvious fan of both Rice’s books and her crushed-velvet persona — lobs moon-ball questions, giving his subject ample space to breathily dissect violence, Tom Cruise, the American publishing machinery, and cultural politics. Rice clearly fancies herself a wide-eyed artiste, blissed out by her fecund New Orleans surroundings and the act of making literature and sweetly baffled by her success. But make no mistake: She’s capable of canny and sometimes cruel observations, taking on snobs, radical feminists, Hollywood producers, and — yipes — book reviewers. A-

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