Interviews

Where the Maenads Danced: Miroslav Penkov on “Stork Mountain”

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Where the Maenads Danced: Miroslav Penkov on “Stork Mountain”

The author of "Stork Mountain" talks about moving to Texas to write "the Great Bulgarian Novel." A conversation with Porochista Khakpour.
Donald Ray Pollock: “A Better Version of a Dime Novel”

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Donald Ray Pollock: “A Better Version of a Dime Novel”

The author of "The Heavenly Table" on how television and the paperback fiction of his youth have shaped his fiction. A conversation with Mark Athitakis.
Tess Taylor: Apple Picking Against the Apocalypse

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Tess Taylor: Apple Picking Against the Apocalypse

The author of "Work and Days" talks about what interning on a small farm taught her about writing and life in 21st-century America. A conversation with Adam Fitzgerald.
“You Want to Know You Have a Home”: Eddie Huang on “Double Cup Love”

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“You Want to Know You Have a Home”: Eddie Huang on “Double Cup Love”

The author of the new memoir "Double Cup Love" talks about courtship, travel, cooking in China and the paradox of the immigrant experience.
“Sort of Irresistible:” Emma Straub and Meg Wolitzer on “Modern Lovers”

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“Sort of Irresistible:” Emma Straub and Meg Wolitzer on “Modern Lovers”

The author of "Modern Lovers" talks with the writer of "The Interestings" about the secrets to writing sparkling comic fiction.
Flawed Heroes and Lessons in Power: Lian Hearn on “The Tale of Shikanoko”

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Flawed Heroes and Lessons in Power: Lian Hearn on “The Tale of Shikanoko”

"If you pay attention, you will understand." The author talks history, fantasy and fiction with Tobias Carroll.
The Feeling of Yes: Rob Spillman on “All Tomorrow’s Parties”

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The Feeling of Yes: Rob Spillman on “All Tomorrow’s Parties”

The editor of Tin House and author of the memoir "All Tomorrow's Parties" talks about the challenge of turning a life into a story. A conversation with Amy Gall.
“I’m Just This Body”: Lindy West on the Writing of “Shrill”

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“I’m Just This Body”: Lindy West on the Writing of “Shrill”

The author of "Shrill" on discovering the truth about her body, living with trolls, and becoming one of the funniest people on the Internet. A conversation with Maris Kreizman.
The Opposite of Labels: Garrard Conley

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The Opposite of Labels: Garrard Conley

The author of "Boy Erased" on dealing with the trauma of "gay conversion therapy," identifying with Hester Prynne, and fighting the power of hatred. A conversation with Amy Gall.
The Necessary Villain: Nathaniel Philbrick on Benedict Arnold and “Valiant Ambition”

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The Necessary Villain: Nathaniel Philbrick on Benedict Arnold and “Valiant Ambition”

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of "Bunker Hill" and "In the Heart of the Sea," turns his historical imagination to the question of America's Founding Turncoat. A conversation with Barbara Spindel.
Love and Money: Cynthia Sweeney Talks “The Nest” with Susan Orlean

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Love and Money: Cynthia Sweeney Talks “The Nest” with Susan Orlean

The author talks about how she set out to write a story of a family -- and discovered she'd created a novel about our obsession with money and inheritance.
Shadows Over America: Matt Ruff and Victor LaValle Take on Lovecraft and Race

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Shadows Over America: Matt Ruff and Victor LaValle Take on Lovecraft and Race

The authors of "Lovecraft Country" and "The Ballad of Black Tom" grapple with the imaginative legacy -- and racism -- of H.P. Lovecraft.