BT: Are there any other lost classics that you’d like to see reissued? Any authors in particular?
JL: Well, Malcolm Braly and few other exceptions aside, I think NYRB [New York Review of Books] is a little more focused on European and international stuff. For my money, there are a few great out of print American novelists of the last 50 years or so that could be very exciting discoveries for readers. Don Carpenter is a particular favorite of mine. His first novel, Hard Rain Falling, might be my candidate for the other best prison novel in American literature. I can think of a few others. McDonald Harris, as well. But really, NYRB has done an incredible thing and it’s so healthy. It’s a constant reminder of what riches there are just behind the canon, and just behind the list of what’s in print. I’ve been buying or snagging as many freebies as I can, but I haven’t even read a third of their shelf. I do feel, for the first time, that there are as many old books being pulled back into print as there should be. They’ve really willed that into being a part of the landscape.