Author Interviews

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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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."