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October 21, 2015

American Witches: The Millions Interviews Alex Mar 1

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I realized that the word “witch” has a lot of power for me. It’s a scary word to apply to yourself. There was a little shock to me in the realization that I wanted to go that far.

October 20, 2015

Cogs in an Enormous Machine: The Millions Interviews Paul Murray 3

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I don’t know of any profession where you experience failing as consistently and unambiguously as writing.

October 19, 2015

The Fine Edge Between Comedy and Horror: The Millions Interviews Margaret Atwood 2

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I have a feeling that a piece of furniture with a sex thing built into it came and went fairly swiftly. The furniture has fairly quickly been superseded by the advances in robotics.

October 12, 2015

I’ve Rarely Felt So Free: The Millions Interviews Garth Risk Hallberg 9

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You know this as a writer — it’s mostly torture. You have those days when you say, ‘This was a great day! The writing went well!’ And then if you actually paused and walked back through the writing hour by hour you would realize, ‘No, it was still mostly torture, but it was a kind of exquisite and joyous torture on this day, as opposed to the gray horrible torture that it is on most days.’

October 7, 2015

Not Just a Riddle to Be Solved: The Millions Interviews Ann Beattie 1

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While I do think vaguely of my audience, I write whatever I’m inclined to write, because a writer shouldn’t outguess or in any way condescend to her audience.

September 25, 2015

Survival Is Not Guaranteed: The Millions Interviews Bonnie Jo Campbell 1

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Jack and Don Quixote are gorgeous and smart, but they are not impressed by my writing career. I try to tell them about my awards and publications, but they just he-haw and chew on my jacket.

September 15, 2015

The Most Joyous Part: The Millions Interviews Lauren Groff 1

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I have developed an allergy to apocalyptic fiction, which I know is going to be contentious. I just think a lot of it is very passive.

August 5, 2015

‘I Wouldn’tve Had a Biography at All’: The Millions Interviews Hanya Yanagihara 6

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“It was the worst—the bleakest, the most physically exhausting, the most emotionally enervating—writing experience I’d had. I felt, and feared, that the book was controlling me, somehow, as if I’d somehow become possessed by it.”

June 15, 2015

Fathers, Daughters, and Family: The Millions Interviews Phillip and Lily Lopate 1

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I wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I was smart enough. Then I looked around at the other wannabe writers who were my classmates, and they didn’t seem like geniuses either, so I figured what the heck, I’d give it a shot.

May 21, 2015

What It Is to Be Alone: The Millions Interviews Anne Enright 1

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For the first time in my writing life, I think the future is going to be a better balanced one. The Irish tradition has been very male heavy. It’s going to see these younger women coming through, and they don’t give a damn. It seems that something is over. Some idea of Irishness that doesn’t involve being female is over.