Cormac's link is a rare interview. It's with the Wall Street Journal back on November 20, but I just found it.
Kennedy's link is on his blog and it's an interview with a reader who hated his book, The Order of Odd-Fish. One might argue that doing the interview is itself a very Odd-Fishian thing to do, since one rarely convinces another to relinquish such strident views. However, I think James just might have persuaded the young lady to revise her initial opinions. And if that's the case, then you can hardly accuse him of dithering.
You might not have the perseverence to read the entire interview, but you should at least read the first question and answer where James explains Ian's mustache thus:
I used the mustache as a physical shorthand for Ian’s awkward transition to manhood. Ian wants to be grown-up, knowledgeable, and dependable. But he can’t quite carry it off yet, just like he can’t quite carry off the mustache.
I'm not sure I buy it, but it sounds good.
One more thing. Since you can't comment on James's blog, feel free to do so here. My suspicion is that he'll respond.