The Millions Interview

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.”

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.