“We’re narrative-making machines…so the stories we tell ourselves about what is happening shape our actions. Nothing is as dangerous as a story.”
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“I knew I felt released after writing the novel, but I could never quite articulate it. And I think it was that – the shame that many abused people have to face down – I had done it in writing the novel.”
“Having two parents who don’t love each other is like having your blood and your skin not get along.”
“Writing, for me, is the daily practice of empathy. Reading should be a practice of empathizing too. Each time we step into another person’s world view, we broaden who we are as people.”
“The best is when you start narrating your own life in the voice of a book in which you’ve recently lost yourself.”
Luminarium is a book brimming with ideas…To get Alex talking about it, I tried using an unorthodox interview structure.
Five years ago, the short story collection The Littlest Hitler hit bookshelves, announcing Ryan Boudinot as one of our funniest and most exciting new writers.
Self-described “aging Celtic scribe” Pete Hamill is, in the argot of our time, an old-school journalist and writer. Born in Brooklyn during the 20th century’s Great Depression, he was a high school dropout whose first interests were in the visual arts.
“I think what preoccupies me is transition, that zone between one place of relative stasis to another, in particular how we act, or react, when we don’t know what will happen next. Or, put another way: during moments when external circumstances throw us into crisis or flux, what do we do?”
Rick Moody is one of the most celebrated American writers of his generation. His work includes four novels: Garden State, The Ice Storm, Purple America, and The Diviners, as well as three collections of short fiction, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, Demonology, and Right Livelihoods.
Have you ever asked yourself the deepest philosophical question that drives all introspection, which is: Why am I so neurotic and screwed up? Well, stop blaming your mother. It’s because you have three brains, and they have never once agreed on anything.
Joe Meno is the kind of guy who feels the same way I do about reading, viewing it as really almost a religious experience–an intimate, imaginative way to respond to the world we live in.
“As a fiction writer, I believe that what needs to be said about any political situation can not be separated from my fiction, and I feel that I have said enough in my work.”
Vestal McIntyre is the author of the short story collection You Are Not the One–named a New York Times “Editors’ Choice”–and a new novel, Lake Overturn.
It’s highly unlikely that if you are reading this you are unaware (or unappreciative) of American novelist Robert Stone. For what it’s worth, I rank Stone among a handful of living great American writers and have hungrily seized opportunities to chat with him.
Jon Raymond is the author of the novel The Half-Life and of the recently published short-story collection Livability.
“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.”
"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."
“There was a time when I wouldn’t have started a novel for fear that I would die before I finished it.”
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.”
Matthew Sorrento reviews the new documentary about famed writer Harlan Ellison
“I think the mother-daughter relationship is endlessly varied and complex, so I’ll never run out of subject matter.”
“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.”
“Reviews can sell a book, but it doesn’t always work that they sell books. And that’s very different. We all used to look at the NYTBR and decide what the book was that we had to read. And now it’s really a little bit unclear how we decide what book we are going to read.”
“I love the three-minute song. It can tell a story as well as a 300-page novel, plus you have the music element that you don’t get in books.”
“There is shit everywhere. The language itself gets muddled and used dishonestly. For me the way to clean the windshield is through writing, which goes hand in hand with reading.”
“The whole culture of coaching and prepping and that sort of intense PR stuff, how to talk on TV and the radio, is disgusting as it applies to a real person, to writers.”