The Millions Interview Archives - The Millions
October 5, 2016
“If you actually met them you’ll know they spend eight years doing nothing, two months outlining, then they sell a partial, and then they go to the MacDowell Colony and write the book in three weeks. That’s what everybody does.”
October 4, 2016
by Janet Potter
“People who take for granted the shared culture aren’t as interesting because they don’t have any insight into it.”
September 27, 2016
This isn’t something that you hear discussed or praised much these days, but other writers do support each other. Their community is real and valuable. I wouldn’t have made it through this book without them.
September 21, 2016
The better my language skills get, the more I’m aware of, the more I’m able to penetrate. It’s fantastic. It’s been unlocking this secret cave full of riches I could never access before. It’s a midlife gift — both as a person and as a reporter.
September 9, 2016
I am constantly evaluating the sounds of words — both lyrically and sonically. Where do they mesh? Where does the tone or the pace shift? What section should be played “Lento,” “Legato,” “Fuerte,” “Fortissimo.”
September 6, 2016
A lot was made a couple of years back when a study at the New School found empirical evidence that reading literary fiction made a person more empathetic. I think a lot of readers, hearing that, said, “No shit.”
August 11, 2016
by José García
While I was writing I often thought about how identities are made and formed and imposed on us, and the way the passport determines where you belong.
August 9, 2016
“I love that in the vast, deep privacy of writing we were both circling the same darknesses.”
July 21, 2016
by Bill Morris
Writing is gratifying on a daily basis. If I didn’t love doing it, I would have stopped a long time ago.
July 19, 2016
by Rumaan Alam
There’s that myth of the solitary (usually male, usually white) creator devoting his life solely to his work. Writing all day in his Parisian garret or lakeside cottage, and then drinking all night. Art doesn’t get made this way anymore, at least not by anyone I know.