The Millions Interview

October 7, 2015

Not Just a Riddle to Be Solved: The Millions Interviews Ann Beattie 1


While I do think vaguely of my audience, I write whatever I’m inclined to write, because a writer shouldn’t outguess or in any way condescend to her audience.

September 25, 2015

Survival Is Not Guaranteed: The Millions Interviews Bonnie Jo Campbell 0


Jack and Don Quixote are gorgeous and smart, but they are not impressed by my writing career. I try to tell them about my awards and publications, but they just he-haw and chew on my jacket.

September 15, 2015

The Most Joyous Part: The Millions Interviews Lauren Groff 1


I have developed an allergy to apocalyptic fiction, which I know is going to be contentious. I just think a lot of it is very passive.

August 5, 2015

‘I Wouldn’tve Had a Biography at All’: The Millions Interviews Hanya Yanagihara 5


“It was the worst—the bleakest, the most physically exhausting, the most emotionally enervating—writing experience I’d had. I felt, and feared, that the book was controlling me, somehow, as if I’d somehow become possessed by it.”

June 15, 2015

Fathers, Daughters, and Family: The Millions Interviews Phillip and Lily Lopate 0


I wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I was smart enough. Then I looked around at the other wannabe writers who were my classmates, and they didn’t seem like geniuses either, so I figured what the heck, I’d give it a shot.

May 21, 2015

What It Is to Be Alone: The Millions Interviews Anne Enright 1


For the first time in my writing life, I think the future is going to be a better balanced one. The Irish tradition has been very male heavy. It’s going to see these younger women coming through, and they don’t give a damn. It seems that something is over. Some idea of Irishness that doesn’t involve being female is over.

May 11, 2015

A Happy Sort of Pessimism: The Millions Interviews James Hannaham 0


I don’t think of my true black gay freakiness as subversive, any more than the true white straight Republican freakazoids out in the heartland think of themselves as subversive, even as they’re plotting to replace the government with a bunch of gender normative marionettes and privatize motherhood.

May 7, 2015

Some Kind of Tribe: The Millions Interviews Daniel Clowes 1


The aesthetic gulf between the kind of stuff I’m interested in and the kind of stuff that is mainstream is so vast that I can’t wrap my head around it.

April 29, 2015

The Admiral in the Library: The Millions Interviews James Stavridis 12


Reading is integral to my life. And I think, in the end, we solve global problems not by launching missiles, it’s by launching ideas. So as a tool for understanding the world and for understanding how you can change the world, I find fiction incredibly important.

March 24, 2015

Always This Mystery: The Millions Interviews Alison Bechdel 1


I’m endlessly fascinated by myself and my past and by what has happened to me and how I’ve changed, and I wanted to show that.