Author Interviews

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Martin Amis

Martin Amis

“I think all writing answers the very human desire—not for immortality but for some extension of your mortal span.”

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Louis Begley

Louis Begley

“I cannot read novels of huge length, with no characters, no intelligible plot, and really no point except a compendium of private jokes and obsessions.”

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David Levien

David Levien

“I’m drawn to sub-cultures that have a code, custom, and language of their own. Whether it is underground poker, organized crime, the porn business, law, or soldiering, I am interested in the rules of these insular worlds, and how they mesh and gnash with the greater outside world.”

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Sheri Fink, M.D.

Sheri Fink

“When the survivors entrusted me with the stories of the worst days of their lives, telling those stories became my responsibility.”

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Saira Shah

Saira Shah

“The West is a very problem-solving culture. And one of the problems of Afghanistan is that it doesn’t lend itself readily to being sorted out on the West’s terms.”

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Janette Turner Hospital

“Blind optimism is what every writer has to have to keep going because the odds are not good…”

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Susannah Breslin

Susannah Breslin

“You know how some people like "feel-good" movies? I like "feel-bad" movies. Same is true for books.”

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Vendela Vida

“You go into a bookstore and there are all these sections on war and countless things that there are books about, and yet we seem to circumscribe literature to just literary fiction.”

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Arthur Kempton

Arthur Kempton

“I understood early that if you are interested in American history, in some way the purest lens that you can have on it is black American history.”

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Jason Kersten

Jason Kersten

“Every other story in America is a murder story, a true crime story. When I was doing the book, that was one of the things that I looked long and hard at—how do I treat this differently?”

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Alan Lightman on Reunion

“I am interested in consciousness and self-identity and how we form self-identity from memory.”

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Tim Gautreaux

Tim Gautreaux

“And that’s a wonderful thing about writing or any creative genre—the surprise that you bring upon yourself while you are composing.”

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Maria Flook

Maria Flook

“My characters are disenfranchised, usually. And they are also the privileged who vacation side by side with the disenfranchised. I don’t write about the successful dynamic business tycoons of our country, unless they are side by side with my real fascination, the underclass.”

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Michael Lesy

Michael Lesy

“The idea when you make art is to spawn other art. What you want is to turn other people on so they make their own stuff.”

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Marcelle Clements

Marcelle Clements

“That’s really the best moment, when you’re holding the book object in your hands. Because, of course, the experience of publishing a book is so, umm, shall we say, mixed.”

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