The Millions Interview

May 21, 2015

What It Is to Be Alone: The Millions Interviews Anne Enright 0

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For the first time in my writing life, I think the future is going to be a better balanced one. The Irish tradition has been very male heavy. It’s going to see these younger women coming through, and they don’t give a damn. It seems that something is over. Some idea of Irishness that doesn’t involve being female is over.

May 11, 2015

A Happy Sort of Pessimism: The Millions Interviews James Hannaham 0

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I don’t think of my true black gay freakiness as subversive, any more than the true white straight Republican freakazoids out in the heartland think of themselves as subversive, even as they’re plotting to replace the government with a bunch of gender normative marionettes and privatize motherhood.

May 7, 2015

Some Kind of Tribe: The Millions Interviews Daniel Clowes 1

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The aesthetic gulf between the kind of stuff I’m interested in and the kind of stuff that is mainstream is so vast that I can’t wrap my head around it.

April 29, 2015

The Admiral in the Library: The Millions Interviews James Stavridis 12

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Reading is integral to my life. And I think, in the end, we solve global problems not by launching missiles, it’s by launching ideas. So as a tool for understanding the world and for understanding how you can change the world, I find fiction incredibly important.

March 24, 2015

Always This Mystery: The Millions Interviews Alison Bechdel 1

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I’m endlessly fascinated by myself and my past and by what has happened to me and how I’ve changed, and I wanted to show that.

March 16, 2015

Bodywise and Brainwise: The Millions Interviews Nina MacLaughlin 0

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There’s something about putting your brain where you hands are that frees up the word-centers of the mind, maybe a bit like meditating.

March 13, 2015

The More Difficult Path: The Millions Interviews Reif Larsen 1

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The second novel is where things get tricky. All I can say is that it was much more difficult than the first. You become more aware of all the things you aren’t capable of doing.

March 10, 2015

Remembering and Forgetting: The Millions Interviews Laura van den Berg 0

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If I’m working very hard on a project it is important for me to show up at my desk on a regular basis, but also a lot of the work is done at an unconscious level and you want to make sure you’re giving yourself space to do that.

March 10, 2015

Readers without Responsibility: The Millions Interviews Scott McCloud 1

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I would say that in the past decades, there weren’t that many comics like this one, in terms of the way it incorporates reader participation, [which is] something I see in manga but rarely see in American comics.

March 5, 2015

So Much to Tell, So Much to Find: The Millions Interviews Tessa Hadley 2

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The trouble with plots in novels, the resolving kinds of plots, is that they can move in such a dreary groove. One sees the same old thing coming a mile off — after a strong beginning, the novelist allows the plot to write the rest, letting the old, lazy hook do all the work, instead of sustaining the fresh vision of the beginning.