The Millions Interview

March 25, 2013

Liberating the Essay: A Conversation with Michelle Orange 1

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When I realized that they were really going to let me do whatever I wanted to do, I was like, “Well, shit, let me rethink this…”

March 5, 2013

Living a Lie: The Millions Interviews Amity Gaige 1

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Surround yourself with trustworthy people, put your knife between your teeth, unplug, stop talking, and write.

February 28, 2013

Reading for Instructions on How to Live: The Millions Interviews Suzanne Scanlon 0

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I feel like various dead writers are dear friends of mine — from Woolf to Plath to Duras to DFW — their lives and lessons and warnings and urgings are constantly informing my own, challenging my own.

February 26, 2013

To Tell the Truth and Not Die: The Millions Interviews Elissa Schappell 6

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“The laughing reader doesn’t feel the knife until it’s in his chest. The reader who is laughing at something they don’t think they should be laughing at experiences a catharsis. I’d argue that’s more valuable than providing someone with an orgasm.”

February 25, 2013

Literature as Self-Defense: An Interview with James Lasdun 2

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In 2003, Lasdun taught a course in creative writing at a college in New York. His most gifted student was an Iranian-born woman in her early 30s. They emailed back and forth, and an online friendship began to develop. The book is an exploration of the effects of this relationship turning sour. Give Me Everything You Have is a harrowing account of what it’s like to have someone expend a great deal of time and energy on the project of damaging your life for no immediately obvious reason.

February 14, 2013

The Most Monstrous Version of Yourself: The Millions Interviews Karen Russell 7

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I think there is something fascinating about the wickedness that boys get up to in groups. I used to take these groups of high school students abroad, and I swear to god, the boys individually would be beyond sweet, but collectively they would transform and posses this evil energy.

February 5, 2013

An Alternate Universe of Pop Culture: A Conversation with Teddy Wayne, Author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine 2

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The Love Song of Jonny Valentine is a coming-of-age novel about a tween singer in the vein of Justin Bieber. Once again, Teddy Wayne examines the role pop culture plays in our lives. Who creates it? Who benefits from it? What is its effect on us?

February 4, 2013

The Millions Conversation: Mark O’Connell on Viral Celebrity, Internet Weirdness, and the Phenomenon of the Epic Fail 3

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I do seem to be preoccupied by Internet weirdness. But who isn’t fascinated by that stuff, really? (The answer to that rhetorical question is actually, no doubt, lots of normal people.)

January 31, 2013

Getting Away with Murder: The Millions Interviews Ursula K. Le Guin 10

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I think to admit despair and to revel in it — as many 20th- and 21st-century writers do — is an easy way out.

January 24, 2013

Topographies of Desire: The Millions Interviews Megan Kaminski 2

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One of my good friends is a very successful novelist. I was with her when she was approached by another (male) writer who was attempting to deride her work: “Aren’t all your books about the same thing?” My friend asked him what he meant by that. He replied without missing a beat — “Well, aren’t they all about women?”