The Millions Interview

July 6, 2011

The Millions Interview: Eleanor Henderson 1


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

The Millions Interview: David Bezmozgis 1


“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

Ayelet Waldman talks Hobgoblin and More 2


“[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 Interview: Jesse Ball 7


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

The Millions Interview: Kate Christensen 6


“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

The Millions Interview: Rebecca Makkai 8


“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

The Millions Interview: Leslie Jamison 3


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

The Millions Interview: Shaun Tan 3


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)

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.”