The Millions Interview
August 10, 2011
Homage vs. Rip-off: An Interview with Lev Grossman and a Guide to Literary Allusions in The Magician King 14
“When people think you’ve plagiarized from another writer, rather than alluded to them, the reaction is extreme. They get angry. It’s a dangerous game; you have to get it right.”
July 12, 2011
If the narrative isn’t unfolding the way you want it, you can’t just change the details to make it better, the way you would when writing fiction. You have to represent the truth.
July 6, 2011
by Nora Fussner
Henderson’s novel recalls all the sweat and fury of coming of age for anyone who dove into a mosh pit, or just fell for somebody who did.
June 30, 2011
by Paul Morton
“The parts of Solzhenitsyn that are funny aren’t there because he artificially introduced them. They’re there because he’s trying to authentically replicate what life was like. And I’m trying to do the same.”
June 29, 2011
by Sonya Chung
“[T]he characters and story are very very far from my life. I think [Red Hook Road] is the best thing I’ve ever written, which, when you think about it, is pretty telling. Perhaps we should all be grateful that I’m now writing a TV pilot about magicians and con men who spy for the British in World War II.”
June 22, 2011
The Millions: So once you have that knowledge, that the dream is a dream, what’s the point?
Jesse Ball: At that point, you can fly around….
June 14, 2011
by Edan Lepucki
“If I do know some of men’s innermost secrets, it’s only because I share them. Men can be curmudgeons, horndogs, misanthropes, selfish, rebellious, crafty, mischievous, and so forth and still be loved – boys will be boys, their foibles and faults can be charming and funny — but girls are another story entirely.”
June 10, 2011
“At times I feel a bit like some skeezy drug dealer, hanging out at the edge of the playground, going, ‘If I can get them to try it just this once, I’ll have them hooked!'”
May 25, 2011
I usually read poetry when I’m trying to write–it makes me swollen with beauty and possibility, with honesty, but it doesn’t call up the urge to imitate.
April 26, 2011
by Paul Morton
Good picture books are meant to be read more than once in order to be properly understood, and the artist takes advantage of the brevity to insert layers of ideas, one on top of another, rather than set out along a linear string. (Warning: gorgeous Shaun Tan artwork inside)