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November 30, 2016

How Do I Know I Want to Publish a Book? Vague Nausea: The Millions Interviews Danielle Dutton 0

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And this is very often the case, that it’ll take only moments for me to sense that I’ve found the right next book — when this is happening, in those rare and wonderful moments, I actually feel somewhat physically unwell. It’s like I’m literally being overwhelmed by what I’m reading.

November 22, 2016

Two Kinds of Aboutness: The Millions Interviews Michael Chabon 0

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Memoirs are bullshit to some degree. I don’t mean memoirists are liars; some might be, most are not. I know memoirists try to be scrupulous and try not to deviate from what they remember. It’s the last few words of my sentence where the bullshit comes in. Of course what you remember is a lie or a distortion.

November 17, 2016

Writing the Great Psychological Experiment: The Millions Interviews Margot Livesey 0

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I am still a little surprised by how deeply interested I am in moral choices. Clearly I was paying more attention in my Scottish Sunday school than I realized. I remain deeply puzzled — I’d have to say indignant — that as adults we can find ourselves in situations where there is no obvious right thing to do.

November 3, 2016

The Translator Talks Back: Megan McDowell Interviews Gonzalo Torné 0

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Barcelona is a bilingual city where two languages mix together with no problem, and it’s very common to take part in conversations where every participant speaks in the language he or she finds most comfortable. That’s why I turn to so many words in Catalan: they are floating in the ether.

November 2, 2016

Whatever You’re Not Allowed to Talk About Is What You’re Obsessing About 0

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Nineteenth-century doctor John Harvey Kellogg had an obsession with masturbation. Kellogg’s cereal was invented to keep bowels and genitals clear of congestion.

October 5, 2016

I’m Not Entirely Demented: The Millions Interviews Nell Zink 10

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“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

A Killed B: The Millions Interviews Tana French 1

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“People who take for granted the shared culture aren’t as interesting because they don’t have any insight into it.”

September 27, 2016

A Decade in the Literary Wilderness: A Conversation 0

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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

Living in French: The Millions Interviews Lauren Collins 0

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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

To the Depths of the Darkness: The Millions Interviews Annie DeWitt 0

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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.”