The Millions Interview

February 1, 2016

Maybe It Was Worth It: The Millions Interviews Alexander Chee 1


When I ran out of money, I moved to my Mom’s in Maine, Charles D’Ambrosio-style, writing in her basement every morning starting at 5 a.m., taking a break for Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns at 11 a.m. and making an early lunch before working more. It was like the weirdest saddest colony stay, about three months.

January 6, 2016

Every Story Is a Ghost Story: The Millions Interviews Samantha Hunt 1


It’s just that everybody, every character, will die eventually. Wow, that’s totally bleak. I’m trying to convince you that it’s not, but it totally is.

November 19, 2015

After Happily Ever After: The Millions Interviews Michael Cunningham 0


I’ve come to suspect that what we call talent is a little hard to distinguish from this other thing that is this bottomless interest by the problems posed by paint or astrophysics or whatever it is.

November 11, 2015

Make It New: The Millions Interviews Rick Moody 0


The books don’t matter, the reviews don’t matter, the career doesn’t matter, the students don’t matter, though I love the language of all these things. Only the process matters. I have no skepticism about that, and I’m not exhausted.

November 3, 2015

A Heightened State of Emotion: The Millions Interviews Mary Gaitskill 1


This culture is like a chimera before which I stand agog.

October 28, 2015

To Question and Be Questioned: The Millions Interviews Azar Nafisi 7


I have seen that what makes tyrants afraid is not military might. The first people who are sacrificed in these regimes are journalists and writers and poets, and actually those who teach humanities. Those are at the forefront of the struggle and are targets.

October 27, 2015

The Tortoise, Not the Hare: The Millions Interviews Angela Flournoy 2


As far as identity in literature, I think we’re coming to a place where readers have so many options. Eventually readers will read about everything and it will happen organically; it wouldn’t even be a thought. There’s so many books out there by such a diverse group of writers that readers won’t have to try hard to find diversity. Hopefully we can get to a point where diversity is the norm.

October 21, 2015

American Witches: The Millions Interviews Alex Mar 1


I realized that the word “witch” has a lot of power for me. It’s a scary word to apply to yourself. There was a little shock to me in the realization that I wanted to go that far.

October 20, 2015

Cogs in an Enormous Machine: The Millions Interviews Paul Murray 3


I don’t know of any profession where you experience failing as consistently and unambiguously as writing.

October 19, 2015

The Fine Edge Between Comedy and Horror: The Millions Interviews Margaret Atwood 1


I have a feeling that a piece of furniture with a sex thing built into it came and went fairly swiftly. The furniture has fairly quickly been superseded by the advances in robotics.