Articles by Claire Cameron

March 18, 2015

Five Ways Being a Writer and Professional Skateboarder Are the Same 3

The boundary between mental and physical pain is very permeable. I managed to break a small bundle of bones, but I’d take fracturing my wrist over working doggedly for four years on a novel before realizing in one grisly flash that it is utterly unsalvageable.

February 27, 2015

Empathy Is What Gives You Access: The Millions Interviews John Vaillant 0

Many Latin American immigrants could tell us stories if we took the time to listen to them. The trouble is, if we did, and we really took these stories in, it would be much harder to rationalize the billions of dollars spent “securing the border” against a conveniently faceless menace.

February 6, 2015

Judging Books by Their Covers 2015: US Vs. Netherlands 11

I was recently looking at the covers of Dutch-language books. Despite our different cultures, we share many overlaps in our literary taste. I hoped that I could draw some conclusions about those tastes by comparing book covers. After spending way too much time on the task, I conclude that I can’t.

November 13, 2014

Artifacts of the Present: The Millions Interviews Emily St. John Mandel 3

I’m fascinated by the phenomenon where three people will witness the same event and remember it in three completely different ways. Structuring a book in a non-linear fashion with multiple points of view allows me to revisit the same plot points from completely different angles.

February 11, 2014

How to Tweet Like Boris from The Goldfinch 10

Apply nicknames to anyone at any time. They should come from references to your life, rather than theirs. Spend time convincing others of things with an exclamation point, especially when you know to opposite to be true. Remember that the weather is always against you. It singles you out.

November 7, 2013

How to Be Alone: The Millions Interviews Tanya Davis 0

No matter how people approach loneliness or solitude or community, we all do. We’re not that different from each other. The way we experience it is different, but we all experience love, pain, loneliness.

June 6, 2013

A Forgotten Bestseller: The Saga of John Williams’s Stoner 12

What is the story of Stoner? How does an American book first published in 1965 go on to become a bestseller in the Netherlands in 2013?

April 3, 2013

Is There a Truth and Does it Matter? An Interview with Tanis Rideout 2

I always assume everything that I read is fiction, even if it’s in the non-fiction section. The very notion of putting something on paper means that you are creating a narrative.

January 30, 2013

Faith and Fiction: The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín 13

This is the story of a woman living out her last days in exile with the excruciating memory of watching the torture and crucifixion of her only son. In Tóibín’s hand, the Virgin Mary is more than her role as a mother or a symbol. Instead, she becomes the most interesting of creatures: a credible human.

June 12, 2012

How Should a Writer Be? An Interview with Sheila Heti 10

The career of a writer is always an exception. There is never one way it happens, but the temptation to draw conclusions from another writer’s experience is always there.