The Millions Interview

April 12, 2011

The Millions Interview: Peter Mountford 4


The world most people live in has more in common with The Office than, say, Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!. But think of how uncommon it is to read a book about someone’s office job. Then count how often a debut author gets compared to Faulkner.

April 7, 2011

The Millions Interview: Karen Russell 7


“I had a lot of fun writing Swamplandia! because it felt like I could juggle different kinds of worlds. And I feel like in life we’re all sort of operating in different registers all the time.”

April 6, 2011

The Millions Interview: Alexi Zentner 2


“I think most writers would love to sell a lot of copies and win awards and do well, because people want to be successful. I understand that, but you can’t think about that while you’re writing.”

March 23, 2011

Is Copyright a Guardian Angel or a Killer of Creativity? A Conversation with Alfred Steiner 5


“In the art world when one artist copies another artist, it only helps the artist being copied.”

March 18, 2011

The Millions Interview: Alejandro Zambra 2


Zambra is at the forefront of Latin American literature. He is young, Chilean, and writes with a poetic lucidity that engages a reader from the first line.

January 14, 2011

When We Aspire to Write Like Ourselves: A Conversation with Carl H. Klaus 14


I wanted to see if I could create literary non-fiction out of short-term memory.

January 13, 2011

Bottom-Up History: An Interview with StoryCorps’ Dave Isay 2


“Literally when I pressed play and record – in those days you still had to press play and record at the same time – I knew that this was what I was going to do for the rest of my life.”

October 5, 2010

The Millions Interview: Lan Samantha Chang 2


“Why does one strong writer fail to grow, and how does another find discipline? It’s certainly not something over which I, as the instructor, have much control. Sometimes I feel I might achieve the same results as I do now if I were simply to gather my students and feed them chicken soup.”

September 14, 2010

The Millions Interview: Natasha Vargas-Cooper 0


You are dealing with inherently banal products, nylons, cigarettes, cameras, hairspray; what’s incredible about Mad Men is the allure Draper and Co inject into them, even tag lines that we’ve heard before are refreshed by the narrative Don develops behind them.

September 9, 2010

Some Answers after The Ask from Sam Lipsyte 5


Exactly six months after the release of The Ask, sales are strong, it sits proudly on featured tables in bookstores, and every lit nerd that you know is raving about it. How Sam Lipsyte grabbed the literary limelight.