The Millions Interview

November 19, 2015

After Happily Ever After: The Millions Interviews Michael Cunningham 0


I’ve come to suspect that what we call talent is a little hard to distinguish from this other thing that is this bottomless interest by the problems posed by paint or astrophysics or whatever it is.

November 11, 2015

Make It New: The Millions Interviews Rick Moody 0


The books don’t matter, the reviews don’t matter, the career doesn’t matter, the students don’t matter, though I love the language of all these things. Only the process matters. I have no skepticism about that, and I’m not exhausted.

November 3, 2015

A Heightened State of Emotion: The Millions Interviews Mary Gaitskill 1


This culture is like a chimera before which I stand agog.

October 28, 2015

To Question and Be Questioned: The Millions Interviews Azar Nafisi 7


I have seen that what makes tyrants afraid is not military might. The first people who are sacrificed in these regimes are journalists and writers and poets, and actually those who teach humanities. Those are at the forefront of the struggle and are targets.

October 27, 2015

The Tortoise, Not the Hare: The Millions Interviews Angela Flournoy 2


As far as identity in literature, I think we’re coming to a place where readers have so many options. Eventually readers will read about everything and it will happen organically; it wouldn’t even be a thought. There’s so many books out there by such a diverse group of writers that readers won’t have to try hard to find diversity. Hopefully we can get to a point where diversity is the norm.

October 21, 2015

American Witches: The Millions Interviews Alex Mar 1


I realized that the word “witch” has a lot of power for me. It’s a scary word to apply to yourself. There was a little shock to me in the realization that I wanted to go that far.

October 20, 2015

Cogs in an Enormous Machine: The Millions Interviews Paul Murray 3


I don’t know of any profession where you experience failing as consistently and unambiguously as writing.

October 19, 2015

The Fine Edge Between Comedy and Horror: The Millions Interviews Margaret Atwood 1


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 The furniture has fairly quickly been superseded by the advances in robotics.

October 12, 2015

I’ve Rarely Felt So Free: The Millions Interviews Garth Risk Hallberg 9


You know this as a writer — it’s mostly torture. You have those days when you say, ‘This was a great day! The writing went well!’ And then if you actually paused and walked back through the writing hour by hour you would realize, ‘No, it was still mostly torture, but it was a kind of exquisite and joyous torture on this day, as opposed to the gray horrible torture that it is on most days.’

October 7, 2015

Not Just a Riddle to Be Solved: The Millions Interviews Ann Beattie 1


While I do think vaguely of my audience, I write whatever I’m inclined to write, because a writer shouldn’t outguess or in any way condescend to her audience.