The Millions Interview

October 10, 2012

Why Does Everyone Love It But Me? An Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn 16

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For the record no serious critic goes into a job planning to do a takedown. All I heard about Mad Men was that it was great…I sat in my bedroom watching with a good friend of mine and we looked at each other after three episodes and I said, “The love is not happening.” Then it becomes interesting.

September 20, 2012

The Paris Review’s Favorite Stories: The Millions Interviews Sadie Stein 11

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So many of us had collections of short stories we read in seventh grade as an introduction to fiction. We were never taught the short story as a unique form. It was an introduction to longer forms. This book was really about looking at what makes a short story such a distinct discipline.

September 19, 2012

Experiencing the Superabundance of Bach: The Millions Interviews Paul Elie 0

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The fact that there is so much of Bach’s music, and so many recordings, means that you know from the start that you are never going to hear it all, even if you live to be 100. There’s always going to be a freshly rearranged cantata, or another new recording. So as a writer you know you have to cover all the important works and let other pieces fill themselves in.

September 14, 2012

Joe Sacco Grapples with Human Nature: The Millions Interview 3

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Every time you draw something, much like acting, you have to get into the role on some level of what that person is thinking or feeling. It’s easier to draw a sadist. The more difficult thing is to draw ordinary people doing atrocious things.

September 10, 2012

A Supposedly Brief Interview with D.T. Max 2

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It’s not really that David had any answers for people. But he never stops taking his life seriously and he never stops taking the reader’s life seriously. And I think that’s the connection: you never stop mattering to him and he never stops mattering to himself.

September 7, 2012

An Ex-Con Walks into an Ivy League Classroom: The Millions Interview with Matthew Parker 3

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Columbia’s bureaucracy got weird when they found out I was a convicted felon. I lost my three campus jobs. You’re basically fighting against a system.

September 5, 2012

Going Back to the Page: An Interview with Tatjana Soli 1

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“The honest truth is that once the award’s over, you forget about it. You go back and struggle over each page. The writing doesn’t get the least bit easier. It’s like a really incredible vacation — you go return to your real life.”

August 14, 2012

All You Have Is What You Remember: The Millions Interviews James Salter 8

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“All you have in life is what you remember. It’s the one filament connecting you to the void. It doesn’t necessarily become art.”

August 3, 2012

There Is No Moral Symmetry in Real Life: The Millions Interviews Leela Corman 0

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I wanted to talk about the time when women did not have choices in reproduction. The consequences of not having a choice are gruesome.

July 18, 2012

Fresh Wounds: An Interview with John Boyne 0

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“It occurred to me I hadn’t really read anything about gay soldiers in the trenches — there must have been gay soldiers there, and surrounded by so much horror, relationships must have struck up. But that wasn’t something I had read. It was a new way into a familiar story.”