The Millions Interview

January 25, 2010

Confessions of a Book Pirate 271

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“TRC” is a self-described bibliophile who has “pirated” thousands of books. How and why does he do it, and what does he think the publishing industry should do to curb the looming ebook piracy threat?

December 8, 2009

The Millions Interview: Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky 17

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There is at least as much intuition as intention in the process. A good translator has to follow that process far more consciously than the writer and yet come as close as possible in the new language to the instinctive “rightness” of the original. The greater the writer, the closer you want to come. That is both the challenge and the joy of it.

October 28, 2009

The Millions Interview: Lynne Tillman 5

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It has been said that Tillman is a writer who everyone has heard of but who no one has read.

October 5, 2009

The Millions Interview: Tao Lin 5

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I’m trying to achieve a level of non sequitur from sentence to sentence and scene to scene that is consistently “not normal.”

August 28, 2009

The Millions Interview: Phillip Lopate 2

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‘I think that one of the main things that gets me going as a writer is the opportunity to do mischief. And in this particular respect I was analyzing one of the sacred cows of contemporary literature, an icon really. I knew that I was on thin ice a lot and that itself piqued my interest because I could get in a lot of trouble.’

August 25, 2009

The Millions Interview: Dan Chaon 4

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‘To me, I guess, all fiction is fan fiction at a certain level, just as it always has an element of identity theft.’

June 25, 2009

The Millions Interview: Matthew Vollmer and Nic Brown (Part II) 0

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Future Missionaries of America by Matthew Vollmer and Floodmarkers by Nic Brown are short story collections from debut writers with enormous gifts. Their work is beautiful, funny, and delightfully weird. Matthew and Nic were my classmates at Iowa, where they proved to be not only talented writers, but also sharp and passionate readers. Since they’re […]

June 24, 2009

The Millions Interview: Matthew Vollmer and Nic Brown (Part I) 8

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Future Missionaries of America by Matthew Vollmer and Floodmarkers by Nic Brown are short story collections from debut writers with enormous gifts. Their work is beautiful, funny, and delightfully weird. Matthew and Nic were my classmates at Iowa, where they proved to be not only talented writers, but also sharp and passionate readers. Since they’re […]

May 12, 2009

The Millions Interview: Joe Meno 2

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Joe Meno’s most recent novel, The Great Perhaps, is a beautiful and entertaining tragicomedy about the Casper family: scientists Jonathan and Madeline, their complicated teenage daughters, Amelia and Thisbe, and Jonathan’s father, Henry, who is willing himself to disappear, speaking fewer and fewer words each day. Meno is the author of four other novels, including […]

February 27, 2009

The Millions Interview: Zoë Heller 0

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Zoë Heller’s new novel, The Believers, is an enormously entertaining and sharply observed story about the Litvinoff family in New York City. When father Joel, a famous radical leftist lawyer, suffers from a stroke and falls into a coma, his wife Audrey and his two grown daughters, Rosa and Karla, find themselves wrestling with revelations […]