Interviews

Interviews with interesting people. Subscribe: RSS

Iris Chang

Iris Chang

“Racism is always there underneath, but usually it is exploited in these times of economic crisis, and it’s hard to find out when one slides into another. But it usually does whenever the economic crisis reaches its peak.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Carolyn Parkhurst

Carolyn Parkhurst

“I don’t usually have much of the plot figured out when I begin. I start with the characters, and with a basic premise, and then I just start writing and see where it goes.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer

“…with writing I realized not so much that I was born to be a writer but that writing was much more flexible activity than I had previously thought. That its constraints were my constraints. It was limited by my limitations. And that was exciting.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Sarah Vowell on Her Cherokee Heritage

“I don’t particularly think of myself as Cherokee. I really think of myself as an American. And as such I’m incredibly reverent about the founding ideals of freedom and equality.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Elise Blackwell

Elise Blackwell

“One of the ideas I explore in Hunger, though, is that we don’t know who will turn out to be brave under extreme pressure. Timid and annoying people can act with grace, strength, and bravery, while people noted for their courage can prove themselves cowards.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , | 1 Response

Amanda Hesser

Amanda Hesser

“In the past decade, a lot of lifestyle subjects from home design to food have been put up on this pedestal, and there is a lot of social pressure that goes along with that now.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Robert Stone

Robert Stone

“And sometimes the epigraph becomes too heavy for the story and sometimes it seems too overwhelmingly portentous for the story. If it approaches sidewise, it’s more effective.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Matthew Derby

Matthew Derby

“my work would never have been published anywhere ten years ago (although maybe that would have been a good thing), but it found a readership in a group of similarly disgruntled, displaced readers who wanted something else.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Percival Everett

Percival Everett

“People who like my work like my work for all the reasons that I would want them to like it. And the people who don’t like it, dislike it for all the reasons I would want them to dislike it.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , | 1 Response

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt

“One of the great parts of being an American writer is that so much is going on here. It is exciting to the rest of the world, too. When I am in Europe people are quite excited about American fiction, and there is a sense that American writers are doing all kinds of different things—which they are.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

ZZ Packer

ZZ Packer

“I think people tend to racialize, and in some contexts that is necessary. In the context of just being human and falling in love and all of the things that human beings do, I don’t necessarily think it should erupt. It’s a horrible thing when it does because it means that the racists have won.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Alston Chase

Alston Chase

“As I looked at Kaczynski and his thinking, what I saw was this pattern that seemed strikingly similar of that of terrorists—virtually every form from the KKK to bin Laden. And one has this very historical sense, the sense that they see themselves as players in history.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , | 7 Responses

George Pelecanos

George Pelecanos

“Most American fiction is about people who win. And if it’s about race, it’s about how black people change white people.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Tom Paine

Tom Paine

“I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I wish it hadn’t been, but it was struggle to decide to do it. It never really was a question in some sense. I just wish I knew it wasn’t a question.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peter Singer

Peter Singer

“I find Americans are not good at self-criticism as a society, as a nation. They have real difficulty in seeing how the rest of the world sees them in taking a kind of independent stance. And there’s a sort of suffocating patriotic assumption that if you criticize America that you are some how being unpatriotic.”

Also posted in Author Interviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment