The Millions Interview

May 24, 2013

The Chemistry between Fiction and Reality: The Millions Interviews Ramona Ausubel 0

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There are lots of conversations in the world about writing which focus on the benefit of the reader and what works for him or her, and of course all writers should care about that, but at the same time, the magic act of making something out of nothing is happening in the writer’s head, and it’s that brain that needs to be tended to first.

May 17, 2013

Capturing the Complexities of Time & Place: Ru Freeman 0

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I don’t like hierarchies, I don’t like the notion of the exalted thinker/writer who gazes from a distance. I don’t like people writing about worms without spending some time taking in the worm’s view of life.

April 25, 2013

The Space Between: The Millions Interviews Marisa Silver 3

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A photograph captures a moment of time, but then time itself moves past that moment into the future. When we look at a photograph, we are looking at time stilled, at a moment that has died.

April 18, 2013

Eat, Drink, and Read Mary: The Millions Interviews Mary Roach 0

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I think digestion is another lurid, taboo subject — particularly from the navel down. But even what goes on in the mouth is an unthinkable, revolting thing that no one wants to think about. There was a sense that this was right up my stinky little alley.

April 16, 2013

When Sylvia Was A Millie: An Interview With Elizabeth Winder 0

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The whole Sylvia Plath life story has been approached in a reductionist way. I wanted to do something different. Because when I read her journals I see someone who’s so lively, so hungry for life, and really engaged in the world in a relatable way.

April 3, 2013

Is There a Truth and Does it Matter? An Interview with Tanis Rideout 2

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I always assume everything that I read is fiction, even if it’s in the non-fiction section. The very notion of putting something on paper means that you are creating a narrative.

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.”