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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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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 So, I mean I can’t make anything up that isn’t already superseded by something that already is.”

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Elizabeth Benedict

Elizabeth Benedict

“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.”

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Writers on Music: Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke

“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.”

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Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez

“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.”

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Thomas Beller

Thomas Beller

“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.”

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James Lasdun

James Lasdun

“A lot of hip-hop and rap, I think, is spectacularly good and so much more interesting than official poetry. It’s on another level altogether.”

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Marc Estrin

Marc Estrin

“It is more reasonable to write a four- or five-hundred-page novel in terms of people actually reading it and not using it as a doorstop. It’s not my particular reading taste, though.”

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Frederick Busch on North: A Novel

Frederick Busch

“It’s hard to read real fiction. It takes time. It takes a sustained attention. You can’t as easily zoom in and out of it as you can nonfiction.”

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Russell Banks

Russell Banks

“One of the things I have tried to do with this book–and with all of them really–is avoid that simple, easy, reductionist view of motivation and to show we do things for a complex net of reasons, a real braid of reasons. Nobody does anything for one reason.”

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Francisco Goldman

Francisco Goldman

“I completely agree with Henry James that the historical novel is humbug. But that’s because Henry James was referring to the historical novel where people believed you could have a realist historical novel.”

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Don Lee on Country of Origin

Don Lee

“In these days of publishing, if you don’t review it, it’s not going to sell. The absence of a review is just as loud as giving a negative review.”

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Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames

“I don’t seem to be a big theory person because maybe I have too much self-doubt, and so I change my mind a lot, or I don’t feel very certain about things.”

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Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf

“There is nothing in these books that I am trying to write that is cynical or satiric or ironic. I am not interested in that. There is a place for that. But in my view that is a kind of easy out.”

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Andrei Codrescu

Andrei Codrescu

“Almost everything [in America] contains its own satire—it’s satirical in itself. So it’s hard to get to what it is about it that is actually funny, or at least smirkable.”

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