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May 2, 2016

Going Places No One Else Goes: The Millions Interviews Pamela Erens 1


I knew from the start that Eleven Hours would be short, because of the time frame and because there were only so many uterine contractions I could describe without losing my shit.

April 28, 2016

Fiction Is a Trudge, Poetry Is a Dance: On Poet Novelists 1


The murky area between genres has always been the place where I feel most at home.

April 25, 2016

That’s My Soul on the Page: The Millions Interviews Curtis Sittenfeld 1


“I would never want to write an essay on what feminism is in 2016. I would read that essay, but I would not write that essay.”

April 12, 2016

David Unger Is Staying as Far Away From the Facts as Possible 1


The writer’s responsibility is to creativity. However, I do think there are some limitations. One has a historical responsibility while addressing atrocities.

March 31, 2016

Life Chugs Forward Even When the Worst Has Happened 2


For Charles Bock, the memories, no matter how hard, were still better than the forgetting, because forgetting wiped away the details, the love, the bad meals, the quarrels, the humor and tenderness, the true marrow of it all.

March 25, 2016

Mark de Silva is Crazy and Unstable and Uncomfortable 12


I hope a book like mine will strike someone as violating a lot of common sense ideas about literature. I know it will. It violates my common sense about literature, and I wrote it.

March 22, 2016

I Want Complete Freedom When I Write 0


Terrorism seemed absurd to me. There was a widespread belief in liberal circles that terrorism was caused by poverty, when in fact most well-known terrorists in modern times have come from middle-class families, have degrees — often multiple degrees — and have lived between cultures. It’s the torn people, who try to make meaning out of their alienation — often in destructive and self-destructive ways — that interest me.

March 7, 2016

Resisting Neatness and Symmetry: The Millions Interviews Dana Spiotta 2


There is something poignant and beautiful in those fractures in your ordinary life, the moments when you realize that you were mistaken or insufficient or what you did had an unintended consequence. The clarifying and humbling experience of shedding your delusions.

February 29, 2016

Animals Emoting: The Millions Interviews Yann Martel 4


You mistreat animals, you eventually will mistreat human beings. If you’re casual to animal life you will eventually be casual to human life.

February 19, 2016

Unruly Characters: A Conversation with Kelly Link and Keith Lee Morris 0


I wrote the last sentence of the story first, and then the next to last sentence, and so on for as long as I could — maybe I could have done it all the way back, but at a certain point I got really interested in figuring out how it started.