Articles by Claire Cameron

February 11, 2014

How to Tweet Like Boris from The Goldfinch 8

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.