Articles by Claire Cameron

April 11, 2016

Judging Books by Their Covers 2016: US vs. UK 5

Only a fool would think these covers came from different countries. They were clearly designed in alternate dimensions.

February 1, 2016

Maybe It Was Worth It: The Millions Interviews Alexander Chee 4

When I ran out of money, I moved to my Mom’s in Maine, Charles D’Ambrosio-style, writing in her basement every morning starting at 5 a.m., taking a break for Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns at 11 a.m. and making an early lunch before working more. It was like the weirdest saddest colony stay, about three months.

December 13, 2015

A Year In Reading: Claire Cameron 0

Yanagihara’s novel has fueled conversations across four social networks, five countries, and countless years of friendship. That’s more than enough to count as my book of the year.

October 19, 2015

The Fine Edge Between Comedy and Horror: The Millions Interviews Margaret Atwood 2

I have a feeling that a piece of furniture with a sex thing built into it came and went fairly swiftly. The furniture has fairly quickly been superseded by the advances in robotics.

August 14, 2015

How Does it Feel? On Finishing a Book 0

It’s relieving, it’s gratifying, it’s sad, but above all, it’s weird.

April 30, 2015

The Implications of Artificial Intelligence: On Alex Garland’s ‘Ex Machina’ 14

In subverting current ideas about gender, sci fi, and the thriller genre, Alex Garland delivers a film about theory of mind that is deliciously hard to read.

April 28, 2015

Clickworthy Headlines about ‘The Fishermen’ by Chigozie Obioma 3

In writing about a novel like The Fishermen, I find myself in a dilemma. I loved it. I’m tempted to make a grand claim about this book, but which should I make?

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 12

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.

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