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August 2, 2017

Patricia Smith Wants You to Hear Every Gunshot: The Millions Interview 0


My mom believed that the way to get through life was to be as beholden as possible to white people. If she was in a room and a white person walked in, her whole body would get smaller. She tried really hard to teach me how to live like that—because it was the way to stay alive. If you said the wrong thing to the wrong person you might wind up in a shallow grave somewhere.

July 20, 2017

Trouble in Paradise: The Millions Interviews Julia Fierro 0


Writing and reading is how I practice my humanity and to write only within my limited experience seems counterproductive, and cowardly.

July 5, 2017

Finding My Way into a New Form: An Interview with Teju Cole 0


I’m a citizen who is not a patriot.  I’m a citizen in the sense of being invested in what we owe each other.

June 27, 2017

Books & Mortar: A Day in the Life of Judy Blume, Bookseller 2


When we first opened, a hen came into the store. We stayed calm, though we were thinking, if that chicken gets scared and starts flying around she’s going to poop on our books! Lucky for us, she wandered around, then with some gentle urging, walked out the way she walked in.

June 26, 2017

Capitalism Is a Very Successful Cancer: The Millions Interviews Eugene Lim 3


I’d like to describe the chaotic matrix in which we’re living through some other narrative device, some new way that supersedes our dependence on character as empathy avatar.

June 19, 2017

Two Writers, One Marriage: The Millions Interviews Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash 1


Just watching someone work at something so hard, putting years into it and going through really challenging moments with it because it’s a vital part of her life—it’s impossible for me to feel jealousy or to feel threatened.

June 12, 2017

California Wrapped in Gauze: The Millions Interviews Daniel Riley 0


There’s a reason that most of the books written about beach towns that are really good are often crime or murder mysteries.

May 25, 2017

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


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


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


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.