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November 26, 2014

Infinite Grace: The Millions Interviews Caetano W. Galindo 5


The only man who seemed to be showing us, through all that was modern and new in his literature, a possibility for an old-fashioned answer to the great existential questions that have guided philosophers and writers for ages. And he kills himself. When I heard the news, I turned off my computer and played the piano for an hour or so, trying to empty my mind, or fill it with something else.

November 25, 2014

Just Try and Stop Me: Jane Smiley Sets Her Sights on the American Century 4


The idea for the trilogy, Smiley says, arose in part out of her fury over the political situation in the U.S. since the Bush Administration and a desire to understand “how the country got where it is today.”

November 13, 2014

Artifacts of the Present: The Millions Interviews Emily St. John Mandel 3


I’m fascinated by the phenomenon where three people will witness the same event and remember it in three completely different ways. Structuring a book in a non-linear fashion with multiple points of view allows me to revisit the same plot points from completely different angles.

October 29, 2014

‘The Blank Screen Is the Enemy’: The Millions Interviews David Mitchell 5


Realism, when done well, is more fantastical than fantasy.

September 23, 2014

Character Assassin: An Interview with Hilary Mantel 1


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is a horror story for her fans, a fantasy for her detractors. Either way, it’s shocking.

September 3, 2014

Building Buzz and Finding Readers: A Conversation with My Publicists 2


That’s part of the publicist’s job — to help communicate how each writer’s story and book is unique.

September 3, 2014

Back from the Land: The Millions Interviews Donald Antrim 5


My ambition is to disappear entirely, as much as I can, from a reader’s awareness.

July 2, 2014

Looking from Across the Room: An Interview with Rebecca Makkai 1


I want everything to theoretically have some kind of an explanation, but at the same time there’s this question of luck – can you really have that much good luck or bad luck, or does it at some point start to feel supernatural?

May 19, 2014

Don’t Ever Do It For the Money: A Conversation with My Agent 9


My failure to convince publishers of someone’s talent and commercial viability: that’s a sustained shitty feeling that comes with no billable hours.

May 5, 2014

Notes from the Purgatory File: An Interview with Leslie Jamison 4


If we see something as fully as possible, in all its flaws and troubles, we can pursue it and embrace it more fully as well — there aren’t secrets or dangers festering under the surface.