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May 25, 2017

Molding Something in Our Image: The Millions Interviews James Sturm 0

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The story is basically an anatomy of a race riot that strongly evokes current events: a race-baiting, crass salesman manipulating the media for profit. The character of Victor Paige wasn’t a character I took that seriously in writing the book — now that character is president.

May 22, 2017

A Moment of Grace: The Millions Interviews Helen Garner 1

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There are men who still somewhere deep inside them have an unconscious fantasy that one day they’ll be helpless again. And they don’t want the person who’s going to be looking after them to be thinking, ‘Fuck you, I wish you’d die in the night.’

May 19, 2017

The End of Touch: The Millions Interviews Courtney Maum 0

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If we had less smartphone addiction, Hillary Clinton would be our president. The fact that we all have these curated realities because of algorithms and preferences means we read what we want to read. We see only posts from our friends. We’re not exposed to things we don’t want to see.

May 15, 2017

Building My Own Strange Machines: A Conversation with Jonathan Lethem and Christopher Boucher 0

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Life’s too short to be intimidated by the books that are waiting only to be picked up and encountered, and then devoured, if you like what’s on offer — it’s like being intimidated by food.

May 9, 2017

The Masks We Wear: The Millions Interviews Edan Lepucki 2

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It’s easy for me to be naked with people and talk about my body. I think the human body’s really funny.

May 4, 2017

The Internet Was Built as a Weapon: The Millions Interviews Jarett Kobek 0

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Everyone who’s doing this has to make a series of moral compromises, and the question these compromises center around is, How big of an audience do you want to have? There’s a way to get your work out there that is legitimate, valid, and enviable, where your ethics aren’t compromised — but the reality of that is that you sell to 500 people.

May 2, 2017

Books as Constant Companion: The Millions Interviews Pamela Paul 0

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I threw aside all my life and career goals and set out to do something that I knew I might hate. Something that terrified me. Something that nobody like me would do. It ended up being the best decision I’ve ever made.

April 25, 2017

Life-Long Obsessions: The Millions Interviews Claire Cameron 1

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Grief doesn’t go away, it’s something you live with. And hopefully it becomes something that makes you stronger. I suppose that’s why it keeps coming up in my work, because I’m trying to figure it out.

March 30, 2017

Writers and Money: The Millions Interviews Manjula Martin 2

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What concerns me is that the position of art in capitalism typically means that people, myself included, with slightly (or vastly) more economic privilege, are the only people who are writing.

March 28, 2017

Thinking Another Person’s Thoughts: The Millions Interviews Brit Bennett 3

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I’ve had young black women tell me that this is the first book they’ve encountered that portrayed young black women with emotional depth. I’m glad people are responding that way, but that also makes me deeply sad.