The Millions Interview

June 25, 2012

Everything is Political: An Interview with Ben Fountain 6


“I felt like I had to earn the right to write this book, and the only way I could do that was by working very hard to imagine myself into the soldier’s experience, and hopefully write it correctly.”

June 22, 2012

Joshua Henkin Doesn’t Want You to Make Fiction a Lie: The Millions Interview 3


We’ve come a long way since George Eliot had to call herself George Eliot, but you’d have to be blind to think we live in an equal world.

June 20, 2012

Outside the Ring: A Profile of Sergio De La Pava 18


The incredibly true story of how one would-be novelist self-published his way to greatness.

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.

May 17, 2012

Sing You a Book: Josh Ritter Gets Out of His Comfort Zone 7


I think songs are really great, kind of, delivery vehicles for a story. They allow you to make your own conclusions. Good songs never give you everything. So I really believe a song is like an envelope. A novel, you can unfold from a song.

May 9, 2012

Anticipate Doom: The Millions Interviews László Krasznahorkai 13


I write my texts, my sentences, in my head — outside there is a terrible, almost unbearable noise, inside there is a terrible, almost unbearable, pounding silence.

May 4, 2012

Lost in Translation: The Curious Obscurity of António Lobo Antunes 12


Considered by many to be Portugal’s greatest living writer, António Lobo Antunes’ relative obscurity in the English-speaking world is something of an enigma. Every October his name is among those bandied about for the Nobel Prize, yet mention him to most English speakers, even literary types, and you will be met with terribly blank looks.

May 4, 2012

The Mutability of Truth: An Interview with Patrick Flanery 2


Fiction that aspires to be something more than an entertainment commodity must, I think, ultimately be concerned with its own longevity, with the conversation it holds between itself and whatever has preceded it.

April 24, 2012

Paradise Regained: An Interview with Lauren Groff 5


“I am in love with the gorgeous, elastic, leaping human brain that shuffles and connects disparate pieces of the world into a coherent story.”

April 19, 2012

On Point: David Rees, The Proust of Pencil Sharpeners 14


I’m surprised to hear that you communists overseas are using your own individual sharpeners in classrooms. It’s a very Ayn-Randian position to take. “I’ve got my pencil sharpener, fuck you if you can’t afford a pencil sharpener! Sharpen your pencil with your bootstrap!”