The Millions Interview
January 21, 2015
by Amy Feltman
I’m not ever interested really in people’s parents or their backstory. I mean, some writers — and especially screenwriters — that’s just part of your homework, where everyone’s come from and what their whole psychology is. It just doesn’t get me going.
January 13, 2015
Closure is an artifice, and it’s also the point where a writer can display their moral position or a neatly packaged world view — which is almost always problematic. I don’t read to be instructed, I read to discover and debate and to be challenged.
November 26, 2014
The only man who seemed to be showing us, through all that was modern and new in his literature, a possibility for an old-fashioned answer to the great existential questions that have guided philosophers and writers for ages. And he kills himself. When I heard the news, I turned off my computer and played the piano for an hour or so, trying to empty my mind, or fill it with something else.
November 25, 2014
The idea for the trilogy, Smiley says, arose in part out of her fury over the political situation in the U.S. since the Bush Administration and a desire to understand “how the country got where it is today.”
November 13, 2014
I’m fascinated by the phenomenon where three people will witness the same event and remember it in three completely different ways. Structuring a book in a non-linear fashion with multiple points of view allows me to revisit the same plot points from completely different angles.
October 29, 2014
by Zack Ruskin
Realism, when done well, is more fantastical than fantasy.
September 23, 2014
by Damian Barr
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher is a horror story for her fans, a fantasy for her detractors. Either way, it’s shocking.
September 3, 2014
by Edan Lepucki
That’s part of the publicist’s job — to help communicate how each writer’s story and book is unique.
September 3, 2014
My ambition is to disappear entirely, as much as I can, from a reader’s awareness.
July 2, 2014
by Zhanna Slor
I want everything to theoretically have some kind of an explanation, but at the same time there’s this question of luck – can you really have that much good luck or bad luck, or does it at some point start to feel supernatural?