The Millions Interview

September 19, 2013

Maybe We Need New Words: The Millions Interviews Nicholas Mennuti 1

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The first thing to remember is that the government has never, ever respected your privacy. At least not since post-WWI and the Communist threat in America. They’ve been opening your mail for years. They’ve been wire-tapping without warrants for years. The only difference is that it’s easier now.

September 4, 2013

The Do-or-Die Novelist: An Interview with Elliott Holt 3

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I’d just gone through this break-up and was feeling crushed and heartbroken. I had quit my salaried staff job in advertising and I was running out of money/time. So I said, that’s it. I have to do this. I have nothing else. I have to give it my all and actually finish this novel.

August 13, 2013

The Land of Metaphor: John Gall on Designing the Cover of Lolita 1

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“I think it is a project that is too easy to get wrong, too hard to get right, and with not enough room to experiment in between.”

July 30, 2013

Don’t Even Get Me Started About Opera: An Interview with Alina Simone 4

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“Why is it that now that I’m a writer I can get a job teaching? My resume as an indie rocker completely dwarfs my resume as a writer — very impressive, lots of press from fancy places and citations and awards and things. But there’s no job for that. How come that is less valid an American art form than writing poetry and saying, ‘I published a chapbook with 500 copies on some little press that some guy runs’?”

July 1, 2013

Delusion is Crucial: The Millions Interviews Philipp Meyer 1

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“If I had one worry, it’s that when you start getting told ‘Yes’ constantly—and you see this in all great artists—you get worse.”

June 26, 2013

Immersion Therapy: The Millions Interviews Ellen Forney 0

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I set up a tripod and posed for every panel. I was drawing myself crying and lying. I got a chair that looked like my psychiatrist’s chair. I posed like my mother. I posed like my psychiatrist. And really, literally embodying these other characters, me and people who were around me, thoroughly immersing myself in that world and that time. 

June 20, 2013

Transcending the Political: The Millions Interviews Rachel Kushner 1

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We are not choosing between a world without exploitation and a world without culture. They are not in a direct competition with each other, where one must be prioritized, and the other overshadowed or shamed for its insignificance.

June 19, 2013

As If Guns and Testosterone Rule the World: An Interview with Colum McCann 2

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“No language could ever be exhausted by any landscape, in particular Ireland.”

June 11, 2013

“The Avengerization of Literature”: An Interview with Benjamin Percy 0

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If people want to call my novel a literary horror novel, that’s fine. I know it makes them feel better in a neat-freaky sort of way. Like balling their socks and organizing them in a drawer according to color. But really, people, it doesn’t matter.

May 29, 2013

Politics, Art, and the Practice of Writing: A Conversation with Orson Scott Card 35

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Until recently most people knew Orson Scott Card as the author of Ender’s Game, a beloved modern science fiction classic. Of late, however, Card’s opposition to gay marriage has led to widespread media excoriation and intense scrutiny of his politics. In an effort to nuance current coverage, I chose to ask Card questions about writing and his identity as a writer.