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July 18, 2012

Fresh Wounds: An Interview with John Boyne 0


“It occurred to me I hadn’t really read anything about gay soldiers in the trenches — there must have been gay soldiers there, and surrounded by so much horror, relationships must have struck up. But that wasn’t something I had read. It was a new way into a familiar story.”

July 6, 2012

Scott Raab Isn’t Mellowing with Age: The Millions Interview 1


“If one of those [Cleveland] teams were to actually win a championship, I think it would be an unmitigated joy. I can’t imagine any Cleveland fan going, ‘You know, I really liked it better when we could uniquely identify ourselves by our suffering.’ I can’t. That thought is, if not really even perverse, it’s just ridiculous.”

June 28, 2012

Pass the Rémy Red Berry Infusion: John Wray Interviews Matt Dojny 2


The purpose of my acknowledgment of the existence of human sexuality in the novel was to make myself and my family (and probably the reader) as uncomfortable as possible…Speaking of which, instead of Otis Redding, I’m going to sing “My Humps.” Hold my beer, please.

June 25, 2012

Everything is Political: An Interview with Ben Fountain 6


“I felt like I had to earn the right to write this book, and the only way I could do that was by working very hard to imagine myself into the soldier’s experience, and hopefully write it correctly.”

June 22, 2012

Joshua Henkin Doesn’t Want You to Make Fiction a Lie: The Millions Interview 3


We’ve come a long way since George Eliot had to call herself George Eliot, but you’d have to be blind to think we live in an equal world.

June 20, 2012

Outside the Ring: A Profile of Sergio De La Pava 18


The incredibly true story of how one would-be novelist self-published his way to greatness.

June 12, 2012

How Should a Writer Be? An Interview with Sheila Heti 10


The career of a writer is always an exception. There is never one way it happens, but the temptation to draw conclusions from another writer’s experience is always there.

May 17, 2012

Sing You a Book: Josh Ritter Gets Out of His Comfort Zone 7


I think songs are really great, kind of, delivery vehicles for a story. They allow you to make your own conclusions. Good songs never give you everything. So I really believe a song is like an envelope. A novel, you can unfold from a song.

May 9, 2012

Anticipate Doom: The Millions Interviews László Krasznahorkai 13


I write my texts, my sentences, in my head — outside there is a terrible, almost unbearable noise, inside there is a terrible, almost unbearable, pounding silence.

May 4, 2012

Lost in Translation: The Curious Obscurity of António Lobo Antunes 12


Considered by many to be Portugal’s greatest living writer, António Lobo Antunes’ relative obscurity in the English-speaking world is something of an enigma. Every October his name is among those bandied about for the Nobel Prize, yet mention him to most English speakers, even literary types, and you will be met with terribly blank looks.