The Millions Interview

February 11, 2014

Writing The UnAmericans: An Interview With Molly Antopol 1

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I want to know who is in the most complicated place in the situation and then I’ll see how the environment is informing their lives.

February 7, 2014

Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor 38

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I think I’ve always read like a copyeditor, even way back before I knew what a copyeditor was. One of my favorite authors is Proust, and when I was young I would read some of his sentences over and over trying to make sure I understood how every word related to the other words and just to make sure I understood what he was saying.

January 28, 2014

Time to Put the Knives Away: An Interview with Rebecca Mead 0

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A lot of young writers don’t have a lot of empathy, and I don’t think I did. But that’s just part of growing up. If you still have the knives out when you’re my age, it’s time to put them away.

November 25, 2013

You Can’t Lie in Fiction: An Interview with Kevin Barry 9

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I wanted the reader to feel like they were in some awful, horrendous dive bar in a tremendously deranged Irish city in the middle of the 21st century and there’s some crazy old fucking whisky-drunk nut alongside them whispering this demented tall tale into their ears.

November 7, 2013

How to Be Alone: The Millions Interviews Tanya Davis 0

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No matter how people approach loneliness or solitude or community, we all do. We’re not that different from each other. The way we experience it is different, but we all experience love, pain, loneliness.

November 6, 2013

It’s a Mixed Life: An Interview with Nicholson Baker 1

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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.