The Millions Interview
April 12, 2011
by Caleb Powell
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
by Brian Gresko
“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
“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
by Bill Morris
“In the art world when one artist copies another artist, it only helps the artist being copied.”
March 18, 2011
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
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.