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July 21, 2016

Everything Takes Longer than You Expect: The Millions Interviews Hannah Gersen 0

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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

Creation Myths: The Millions Interviews Lindsay Hatton 8

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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.

June 29, 2016

A Story Made Purely of Feeling: The Millions Interviews Cynthia Ozick 2

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I am pursued by an anti-Muse; her name is Life. Her homely multisyllabic surname is often left unenunciated, but to certain initiates it may be whispered: Exigency.

June 24, 2016

Dogs of War: Bronwen Dickey on Pit Bulls 6

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There is no reason why anyone should live in a place where animal control officers can come to your house and seize your dog and euthanize your dog based on the way it looks when it hasn’t done anything wrong.

June 7, 2016

Neither Gift nor Curse: The Millions Interviews Rumaan Alam 0

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Novels can do whatever the writer asks them to. It may not work, but you can always ask.

June 3, 2016

Messing with People’s Expectations: The Millions Interviews Mark Binelli 0

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I love the idea of grafting details from my life — a white Italian-American living in 2016, in his 40s — grafting that onto the life of a black singer born in Cleveland in the late-1920s. Being able to mix all that stuff together was really appealing to me.

June 3, 2016

Living in a World with No Future: The Millions Interviews Matthew Neill Null 6

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We curate ourselves for mass consumption. But real speech tears at the veil. What we say that is not recorded. Drunken confession. Botched jokes. The rejected advance. Campfire at a deer camp. The novel as village gossip.

May 23, 2016

Svetlana Alexievich Is No Useful Idiot 6

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“The idea of real, substantive equality is eternal. It’s beautiful. But somehow, in the Russian application of it, it always ends in a river of blood.”

May 11, 2016

I Was Never Big on Fitting In: The Millions Interviews MariNaomi 0

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My childhood journals are creepy. I would fly into rages about things. When I’m reading myself as a kid, I think, ugh, maybe that’s why I don’t like kids, because I didn’t like myself as a kid. What a little brat I was.

May 5, 2016

Places That Fall Into Ruin: The Millions Interviews Geoff Dyer 0

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I’m glad I’m capable of disappointment because that shows I still have high hopes for the world.