The Millions Interview
May 25, 2011
I usually read poetry when I’m trying to write–it makes me swollen with beauty and possibility, with honesty, but it doesn’t call up the urge to imitate.
April 26, 2011
by Paul Morton
Good picture books are meant to be read more than once in order to be properly understood, and the artist takes advantage of the brevity to insert layers of ideas, one on top of another, rather than set out along a linear string. (Warning: gorgeous Shaun Tan artwork inside)
April 12, 2011
by Caleb Powell
The world most people live in has more in common with The Office than, say, Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!. But think of how uncommon it is to read a book about someone’s office job. Then count how often a debut author gets compared to Faulkner.
April 7, 2011
by Brian Gresko
“I had a lot of fun writing Swamplandia! because it felt like I could juggle different kinds of worlds. And I feel like in life we’re all sort of operating in different registers all the time.”
April 6, 2011
“I think most writers would love to sell a lot of copies and win awards and do well, because people want to be successful. I understand that, but you can’t think about that while you’re writing.”
March 23, 2011
by Bill Morris
“In the art world when one artist copies another artist, it only helps the artist being copied.”
March 18, 2011
Zambra is at the forefront of Latin American literature. He is young, Chilean, and writes with a poetic lucidity that engages a reader from the first line.
January 14, 2011
by Bill Morris
I wanted to see if I could create literary non-fiction out of short-term memory.
January 13, 2011
“Literally when I pressed play and record – in those days you still had to press play and record at the same time – I knew that this was what I was going to do for the rest of my life.”
October 5, 2010
by Edan Lepucki
“Why does one strong writer fail to grow, and how does another find discipline? It’s certainly not something over which I, as the instructor, have much control. Sometimes I feel I might achieve the same results as I do now if I were simply to gather my students and feed them chicken soup.”