Author Interviews

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Julian Barnes, Etc.

Julian Barnes

“When we talk about a novel provoking emotions, we tend to think of the emotions that have to do with our own amatory life. I think that books can be emotionally exciting in many different ways.”

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Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik

“In Paris we had — not just we had, but one has — a genuinely beautiful existence. That is to say, all of the little details of life — or nearly all — are pleasing.”

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Manil Suri

Manil Suri

“There’s a big emphasis in this country to look at your roots and have an identity. Which is good but not the way I feel. I just take it for granted.”

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Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman

“So that’s the fine balance of a fiction writer…to be able to give your characters enough freedom to surprise you and yet still maintain some kind of artistic control. You are constantly balancing between those two opposing forces.”

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Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom

“There is no such thing as a great short story and twenty percent of it falls off. There is no room for that kind of error. I feel it’s an incredibly high standard that you have to hold the short story to because there is no room for that really common, perfectly understandable difficulty.”

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Andre Dubus III

“Every semester I get writers who are much more gifted than I am — and more gifted than others — and you can see they have this natural ability. I’ve seen over the years that doesn’t make a whit of difference. You need something else.”

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Ben Katchor

“If you go to a small press fair, it’s like world of publishing for the visually blind. They don’t really want to look at anything.”

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