The Millions Interview
January 14, 2011
by Bill Morris
I wanted to see if I could create literary non-fiction out of short-term memory.
January 13, 2011
“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
by Edan Lepucki
“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
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
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.
August 26, 2010
“I am saying that amidst all of this banality there’s something really dangerous in terms of how we swallow horrible things happening because they make us uncomfortable and ignore all the fucked-up-ness and like let’s talk about The Bachelor as opposed to Haiti and as a society we’re still totally totally repressed…”
August 5, 2010
by Emily Pullen
With building blocks, some children build simple walls and steps, and others build castles with moats and turrets using the exact same materials. Mitchell must have been one of the latter — he recently described his books as “Lego-novels,” made up of component pieces.
July 12, 2010
by Edan Lepucki
As time has gone on, I have become interested in telling stories that are more complicated and less streamlined, and so I’m looking for more ways to do that as efficiently and powerfully as I can.
July 8, 2010
by Paul Morton
“I just feel we know when we see someone with buckteeth and super slanted eyes that that’s supposed to be outdated. Right? But then a lot of these sorts of things keep popping up in our culture.”
May 31, 2010
“I truly believe that we are at a critical crossroads in publishing. As the attention, bandwidth and energy of publishing turns to e-books, we are concerned that what is currently a trend toward lesser quality print versions of books will then become a landslide.”