Conversation: Nick Hornby

BY Arts Desk  October 16, 2009 at 4:12 PM EDT

“They had flown from England to Minneapolis to look at a toilet.”

That’s the first line of a new novel that explores middle-age relationships, online communities, and the nature of being a fan of popular music — that visit to the Minneapolis men’s room is actually part of a tour exploring key moments in the life of a now-reclusive rock star in a new book by Nick Hornby called “Juliet, Naked.” Hornby is well-known for his writing about popular culture, in works of fiction including “High Fidelity” and ‘About A Boy,’ and non-fiction that includes “Fever Pitch.”