The Millions Interview

March 23, 2010

The Millions Interview: Péter Esterházy 2


“My father now appears to me like the world: it’s a pretty bad place, but it is very good, it is magical to be alive.”

February 24, 2010

The Millions Interview: John Banville 8


“I just want to recreate the sense of what life feels like, what it tastes like, what it smells like. That’s what art should do. I feel it should be absolutely gloriously useless.”

February 11, 2010

The Millions Interview: David Shields (Part Two) 5


“Crucial for me in writing this book was my vexed sense of the way in which great nonfiction is badly boxed in by straightahead memoir, on the one hand, and straightahead fiction, on the other.”

February 10, 2010

The Millions Interview: David Shields (Part One) 18


“I’m trying to renew the novel form, not end it. A relationship is like a shark; if it doesn’t keep moving, it dies. What we have here is a dead shark. Can we not shock it awake?”

January 25, 2010

Confessions of a Book Pirate 280


“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


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


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


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


‘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


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