Articles by Rumaan Alam

June 6, 2017

When I Worked in Advertising 6

Once, a very well-known writer said something unkind to me about my book—right to my face!—and I rather wanted to explain that I had plenty of experience with people telling me that my ideas were bad and it didn’t matter because that was the job, having bad ideas, and that maybe that was the job of the novelist, too.

July 19, 2016

Creation Myths: The Millions Interviews Lindsay Hatton 8

There’s that myth of the solitary (usually male, usually white) creator devoting his life solely to his work. Writing all day in his Parisian garret or lakeside cottage, and then drinking all night. Art doesn’t get made this way anymore, at least not by anyone I know.

April 25, 2016

Years with Yoko 1

Art is a conversation between you and someone you’ve probably never met, and that conversation can continue for so long.

December 10, 2015

A Year in Reading: Rumaan Alam 1

You can never actually be well read; there’s too much out there.