The Millions Interview

November 6, 2013

It’s a Mixed Life: An Interview with Nicholson Baker 0

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Obama’s administration has been a devastating disappointment, in so many different ways. Fanatical secrecy, the persecution of whistleblowers, foreign interventions and arms shipments that make things worse, the quintupling of drone killings — it just has to be said.

October 7, 2013

The Pleasures And Perils Of Writing About Writing: An Interview With Dani Shapiro 2

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Initially I had a blog because everyone told me to have a blog. And when I started, I thought what can I regularly blog about that feels like a deep enough well? And the answer was: the process of writing. The creative process itself. What it takes to do the work, what are the pitfalls and the joys, the struggles and the privileges. We do what we do alone in a room. Yet we’re struggling with the blank pages.

October 1, 2013

Keep Them Guessing: An Interview with Maile Meloy 1

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Meloy made an unexpected foray into middle grade fiction with a 2011 book about 14-year-olds and a magic book that falls into the hands of Russian spies. Despite being a reader in lockstep with this writer, I have absolutely no idea where she’s going. It seemed time to query the writer herself.

September 19, 2013

Maybe We Need New Words: The Millions Interviews Nicholas Mennuti 1

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The first thing to remember is that the government has never, ever respected your privacy. At least not since post-WWI and the Communist threat in America. They’ve been opening your mail for years. They’ve been wire-tapping without warrants for years. The only difference is that it’s easier now.

September 4, 2013

The Do-or-Die Novelist: An Interview with Elliott Holt 3

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I’d just gone through this break-up and was feeling crushed and heartbroken. I had quit my salaried staff job in advertising and I was running out of money/time. So I said, that’s it. I have to do this. I have nothing else. I have to give it my all and actually finish this novel.

August 13, 2013

The Land of Metaphor: John Gall on Designing the Cover of Lolita 1

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“I think it is a project that is too easy to get wrong, too hard to get right, and with not enough room to experiment in between.”

July 30, 2013

Don’t Even Get Me Started About Opera: An Interview with Alina Simone 4

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“Why is it that now that I’m a writer I can get a job teaching? My resume as an indie rocker completely dwarfs my resume as a writer — very impressive, lots of press from fancy places and citations and awards and things. But there’s no job for that. How come that is less valid an American art form than writing poetry and saying, ‘I published a chapbook with 500 copies on some little press that some guy runs’?”

July 1, 2013

Delusion is Crucial: The Millions Interviews Philipp Meyer 1

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“If I had one worry, it’s that when you start getting told ‘Yes’ constantly—and you see this in all great artists—you get worse.”

June 26, 2013

Immersion Therapy: The Millions Interviews Ellen Forney 0

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I set up a tripod and posed for every panel. I was drawing myself crying and lying. I got a chair that looked like my psychiatrist’s chair. I posed like my mother. I posed like my psychiatrist. And really, literally embodying these other characters, me and people who were around me, thoroughly immersing myself in that world and that time. 

June 20, 2013

Transcending the Political: The Millions Interviews Rachel Kushner 1

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We are not choosing between a world without exploitation and a world without culture. They are not in a direct competition with each other, where one must be prioritized, and the other overshadowed or shamed for its insignificance.