The Millions Interview

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.

May 24, 2013

The Chemistry between Fiction and Reality: The Millions Interviews Ramona Ausubel 0

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There are lots of conversations in the world about writing which focus on the benefit of the reader and what works for him or her, and of course all writers should care about that, but at the same time, the magic act of making something out of nothing is happening in the writer’s head, and it’s that brain that needs to be tended to first.

May 17, 2013

Capturing the Complexities of Time & Place: Ru Freeman 0

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I don’t like hierarchies, I don’t like the notion of the exalted thinker/writer who gazes from a distance. I don’t like people writing about worms without spending some time taking in the worm’s view of life.

April 25, 2013

The Space Between: The Millions Interviews Marisa Silver 3

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A photograph captures a moment of time, but then time itself moves past that moment into the future. When we look at a photograph, we are looking at time stilled, at a moment that has died.

April 18, 2013

Eat, Drink, and Read Mary: The Millions Interviews Mary Roach 0

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I think digestion is another lurid, taboo subject — particularly from the navel down. But even what goes on in the mouth is an unthinkable, revolting thing that no one wants to think about. There was a sense that this was right up my stinky little alley.

April 16, 2013

When Sylvia Was A Millie: An Interview With Elizabeth Winder 0

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The whole Sylvia Plath life story has been approached in a reductionist way. I wanted to do something different. Because when I read her journals I see someone who’s so lively, so hungry for life, and really engaged in the world in a relatable way.

April 3, 2013

Is There a Truth and Does it Matter? An Interview with Tanis Rideout 2

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I always assume everything that I read is fiction, even if it’s in the non-fiction section. The very notion of putting something on paper means that you are creating a narrative.