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Howard Zinn on A People’s History of American Empire

Howard Zinn

Zinn talks about whether he has changed his views and shares his thoughts on the upcoming election and the newly published graphic/comic A People’s History of American Empire.

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Mil Máscaras: An Interview with Pulitzer-Winner Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)

Author Junot Diaz

“I mean, the erasure and marginalization of all people of color…in what we call the canon is well-documented. It really doesn’t come as any surprise.”

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Writers on Music: An Interview with Robin Benway

Robin Benway

"For a band that’s just starting out, it’s still fun and exciting and very Kerouacian to be in a van and touring the country. That’s the spirit I wanted for Audrey, and listening to that music definitely helped to infuse the book."

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Writers on Music: An Interview with Mysterious Skin Author Scott Heim

Scott Heim

"I was just out driving in my car, and five totally different things came on–an old New Order song… a track from the new Portishead record… a Brian Eno Music for Films song… ‘Touch and Go’ by the Cars… and then this campy ’70s disco song called ‘Let’s All Chant.’ I love how this weird mix put me in five different moods within twenty minutes or so."

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Dagoberto Gilb on The Flowers

Dagoberto Gilb

Gilb’s most recent opus, The Flowers, is set in an LA-like metropolis at a time not unlike the ’90s when riots overwhelmed that city.

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Channelling Sophie: Patricia J. DeLois on Bufflehead Sisters

Two sisters standing in front of water

“There was a time when I wouldn’t have started a novel for fear that I would die before I finished it.”

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G-rock, Arkansas: An Interview with Novelist John Brandon

john brandon

Although John Brandon is an MFA graduate of the writing program at Washington University in St. Louis, while drafting the novel Arkansas, he “worked at a lumber mill, a windshield warehouse, a Coca-Cola distributor, and several small factories producing goods made of rubber and plastic.”

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An Off-Kilter Liveliness: 12 Questions with David Leavitt

David Leavitt

Leavitt’s latest novel is The Indian Clerk, a work of historical fiction about mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan that, according to The New Yorker, demonstrates “how the most meaningful relationships can defy both logic and imagination.”

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Staring Down the Blind Spots: An Interview with Laura Moriarty

Laura Moriarty

“I think the mother-daughter relationship is endlessly varied and complex, so I’ll never run out of subject matter.”

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Tara McKelvey

“A lot of physicians see this as an outrage that people in the healing profession are involved in interrogations that are intended to do harm.”

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Chasing Cool with Noah Kerner

"Simply chasing cool is really a bad idea; inspired by cool is a great idea…Don’t do it because you research it, do it because you breathe it,"

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Richard Ford on The Lay of the Land

richard ford

“You can’t really make the world up–make something more zany than the world is. So, I mean I can’t make anything up that isn’t already superseded by something that already is.”

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Hillary Carlip

Hillary Carlip covered in books

“Just like when I decided to start an all-girl, all ex-con band, or learn how to eat fire, it just felt like it was time to write my memoir.”

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Donald Hall

poet donald hall

Even before he was named Poet Laureate of the United States in June 2006, Donald Hall was a familiar figure in contemporary poetry.

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Mark Monmonier

Colette Labouff talks with the author of From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame

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