The Millions Interview

November 7, 2011

The Millions Interview: Alan Hollinghurst Answers his Critics 5

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“I was so hoping that we could get beyond the whole gay writer thing now, which I feel stuck in.”

November 3, 2011

Robert Birnbaum in Conversation with Anne Enright 1

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“You have to sink in order to write a book. I don’t mean in a depressive sort of way. You have to diffuse as much as anything else. Just in those early days — to lose control of it and to be helpless and not know what you are doing. And then the focus comes sentence by sentence.”

October 31, 2011

A Love of Books: An Independent Bookseller is Born 8

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“All along I said I wanted a community-focused bookstore, and that has really come to fruition so much sooner than I’d expected. I think the bonds with the community are going to just get stronger the longer we’re here.”

October 20, 2011

Robert Birnbaum in Conversation with John Sayles 7

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“For a filmmaker to have made 17 movies in 35 years is pretty good. And most of them — we don’t always have enough money to do them justice, but most of them, there was no fighting a rear guard action against a studio to change things or tell you who to cast or whatever, so I have been really lucky.”

October 4, 2011

“Horrible things happen everywhere”: The Millions Interview with Craig Thompson 5

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“There’s a very offensive Islamophobia that happens in the media. But then there’s also this overly-PC, liberal reaction to tiptoe around a lot of subjects which I think is its own form of insult.”

September 26, 2011

The Millions Interview: Nikolai Grozni on Music, Misfits, and Mythology 1

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“I love the first person, in writing, in music, and in life. All great modern novels, as far as I am concerned, are in the first person.”

September 8, 2011

Robert Birnbaum and Darin Strauss 3

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“I wanted to write about the young me as I would write about a character in a novel. And look at all that person’s flaws and hold them up to the light. Because I think that’s what we get out of good fiction, too. Good fiction teaches you how to live.”

September 1, 2011

It’s All For Keeps: David Vann on Truth, Fiction, and How We Find Out Who We Are 4

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“I do have the same sense about my real life that I have about my fiction, which is that I make all these decisions but I have no idea why I’m doing what I’m doing. That life is essentially shaped by the unconscious in the same way that fiction is.”

August 17, 2011

The Millions Interview: Geoff Dyer on the London Riots, the Great War, and the Gray Lady 7

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“I always have faith in this idea that if I remain honest and open about my own confusion, the blurriness of my impressions – it’s not because I’m short-witted or stupid – the chances are those feelings will be shared by other people.”

August 10, 2011

Homage vs. Rip-off: An Interview with Lev Grossman and a Guide to Literary Allusions in The Magician King 14

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“When people think you’ve plagiarized from another writer, rather than alluded to them, the reaction is extreme. They get angry. It’s a dangerous game; you have to get it right.”