The Millions Interview

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.”

July 12, 2011

The Story in the Storm: An Accomplished Author on How to Write Journalistic Nonfiction 3

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If the narrative isn’t unfolding the way you want it, you can’t just change the details to make it better, the way you would when writing fiction. You have to represent the truth.

July 6, 2011

The Millions Interview: Eleanor Henderson 1

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Henderson’s novel recalls all the sweat and fury of coming of age for anyone who dove into a mosh pit, or just fell for somebody who did.

June 30, 2011

The Millions Interview: David Bezmozgis 1

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“The parts of Solzhenitsyn that are funny aren’t there because he artificially introduced them. They’re there because he’s trying to authentically replicate what life was like. And I’m trying to do the same.”

June 29, 2011

Ayelet Waldman talks Hobgoblin and More 2

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“[T]he characters and story are very very far from my life. I think [Red Hook Road] is the best thing I’ve ever written, which, when you think about it, is pretty telling. Perhaps we should all be grateful that I’m now writing a TV pilot about magicians and con men who spy for the British in World War II.”

June 22, 2011

The Millions Interview: Jesse Ball 7

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The Millions: So once you have that knowledge, that the dream is a dream, what’s the point?

Jesse Ball: At that point, you can fly around….

June 14, 2011

The Millions Interview: Kate Christensen 6

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“If I do know some of men’s innermost secrets, it’s only because I share them. Men can be curmudgeons, horndogs, misanthropes, selfish, rebellious, crafty, mischievous, and so forth and still be loved – boys will be boys, their foibles and faults can be charming and funny — but girls are another story entirely.”

June 10, 2011

The Millions Interview: Rebecca Makkai 8

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“At times I feel a bit like some skeezy drug dealer, hanging out at the edge of the playground, going, ‘If I can get them to try it just this once, I’ll have them hooked!’”