Interviews

INTERVIEWS

Vaccines and Vampires: Eula Biss on Science, Fear, and Metaphor

Vaccines and Vampires: Eula Biss on Science, Fear, and Metaphor

The author of On Immunity explores the fear that drives “anti-vax” advocates, its causes, and its cost.

Posted by × October 1, 2014 ×

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Charles Burns

Charles Burns

The author of Sugar Skull doesn’t believe in multiverses: “I have trouble enough navigating the reality I find myself in.”

Posted by × September 30, 2014 ×

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Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen

The author of the Skink novels goes fly-fishing to relax, and sets his books in Florida because it’s “a 24-hour freak show.”

Posted by × September 24, 2014 ×

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Jason Segel: The Promise That More Exists

Jason Segel: The Promise That More Exists

The film and television star on learning to write for himself, his greatest fears, and the childhood experiences that spurred his debut novel Nightmares!

Posted by × September 9, 2014 ×

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More than Once in a Lifetime: David Mitchell on “The Bone Clocks”

More than Once in a Lifetime: David Mitchell on “The Bone Clocks”

“My original aspiration was to capture something massive, to go for broke.” David Mitchell talks about psychic battles and the vision of tomorrow in his new novel.

Posted by × September 2, 2014 ×

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Knowing Nothing Means Knowing Something: Sarah Ruhl

Knowing Nothing Means Knowing Something: Sarah Ruhl

The acclaimed playwright on motherhood, why theater still transfixes us, and her new book 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write.

Posted by × September 2, 2014 ×

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In the Kingdom of Ice: Hampton Sides

In the Kingdom of Ice: Hampton Sides

The author of Ghost Soldiers tracks the fate of a doomed Arctic expedition whose scientific discoveries have new urgency.

Posted by × August 27, 2014 ×

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A Piñata of Lies: Patricia Lockwood

A Piñata of Lies: Patricia Lockwood

The acclaimed poet on life in the Midwest, the freeing illegitimacy of Twitter, and what feminism means to her.

Posted by × August 18, 2014 ×

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Edan Lepucki: The Post-Apocalyptic Domestic Drama

Edan Lepucki: The Post-Apocalyptic Domestic Drama

The author of California on her influences, writing about marriage, and “the foreplay paragraph.”

Posted by × July 30, 2014 ×

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The Strangest Sort of Surgery: Mira Jacob

The Strangest Sort of Surgery: Mira Jacob

We love Mira Jacob’s debut novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Dazzling and irreverent, witty and profound, this is a family saga of the most engaging kind: heartbreaking, hopeful, and alive on the page — which is why we had to […]

Posted by × July 9, 2014 ×

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True-Life Magic: Mike Sacks on How Comedy Gets Made

True-Life Magic: Mike Sacks on How Comedy Gets Made

In a 1958 interview, Steve Allen tried to boil his trade down to the essence with the sentence “Tragedy plus time equals comedy.”  The central insight gives the SNL writer her or his due for wrestling with the same essential […]

Posted by × July 9, 2014 ×

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Of Marriage and Mistresses: Ted Thompson & Maggie Shipstead

Of Marriage and Mistresses: Ted Thompson & Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead and Ted Thompson traverse similar terrain in their sharp-eyed novels, balancing the darkly comic with poignant insight, through characters unprepared — and unwilling — for their own, bred-in-the-bone ideas of home and self to slip and shift. Family […]

Posted by × July 4, 2014 ×

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The 68-Year-Old Thrill Seeker: John Waters

The 68-Year-Old Thrill Seeker: John Waters

The “Pope of Trash” talks about hitting the road and discovering America in his hitchhiking adventure Carsick.

Posted by × June 18, 2014 ×

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The Golden Bowl Cracks: Laura McBride and Eleanor Brown

The Golden Bowl Cracks: Laura McBride and Eleanor Brown

What’s the line between a writer’s life and a writer’s truth?  Two novelists pursue the “$64,000 question.”

Posted by × June 18, 2014 ×

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Little Deaths: Walter Mosley on Pornography and Fiction

Little Deaths: Walter Mosley on Pornography and Fiction

The author of the beloved Easy Rawlins series on patrolling a bold new beat: the adult film industry.

Posted by × June 11, 2014 ×