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Fiona Maazel by Tracy O'Neill
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“Comedy is a great vehicle for spreading the bad news about who we are. It’s also a mercy killing of the resistance that springs up whenever we’re forced to look at ourselves.”

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t by Micaela Morrissette
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Reliable uncertainty in Deb Olin Unferth’s Wait Till You See Me Dance

Jesse Ball & Catherine Lacey
Jesse Ball And Catherine Lacey

“I had a guy come up to me and say, ‘I think you’re a really good writer; I just think you’re wrong about a lot of things. But I enjoy the books.’”

Christopher Sorrentino by Dana Spiotta
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“I intended The Fugitives to be as close to a zero-research book as possible. I decided that if I couldn’t find something with Google in ten minutes, then I should forget it, or make it up.”

Shana Moulton by Bean Gilsdorf
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“She isn’t all completely me, but somehow she’s a part of me, or some sort of art-making tool.”

Alex Ross Perry by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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“This is not a movie that invites you to really empathize with these characters, nor is that the point.”

Alex Ross Perry by Nicholas Elliott
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Isolation, writer’s block, and break-ups on the road to success.

Matt Porterfield by Steve Macfarlane
I Used to Be Darker

Filmmaker Matt Porterfield discusses the degrees of accessibility of his films and the process behind his most recent project I Used to Be Darker.

Rachel Nelson & Fabi Reyna
Rachel Nelson

Performance artist Nelson and guitarist Reyna on women who shred and the unique artist community in Portland, Oregon.

Erin Markey by Katherine Cooper
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Erin Markey discusses familial relationships, making “stuff for stage and video,” and dating chaperones.

Lost Time by Leah Umansky
Lena Gieseke

Andrew Sean Greer on time travel and the living of life in his new novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.

Mark Z. Danielewski by Christopher O'Riley
Mark Z. Danielewski

Mark Z. Danielewski on the shapes, colors, music, and musicality of literature.

Susanna Moore by Kurt Andersen
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“Crises always present a moral dilemma—how are we to behave virtuously, and still manage to survive?”

Gerardo Naranjo and Nicolás Pereda
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Pereda, a prolific minimalist, and Naranjo, known for his highly stylized portraits of disaffected youth, discuss their divergent styles, practices, and their shared “exile” from their native Mexico.

Paul La Farge and Peter Orner
Lafarge Orner

The authors ponder the implication of immersing fiction in place—Chicago in the case of Orner’s new novel Love and Shame and Love—and non-place, as in the hypertext that accompanies La Farge’s new novel, Luminous Airplanes.

Simon Van Booy & Siri Hustvedt
Simon Van Booy

Novelists Siri Hustvedt and Simon Van Booy compare notes on topics ranging from temporal perception to “the soup of unconscious life” from which fictional characters arise.

Thomas Pletzinger by Sufjan Stevens
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Writer Thomas Pletzinger and New York-musician Sufjan Stevens on life on the road, their favorite brooklyn haunts, and Pletzinger’s novel Funeral for a Dog.

Tristan Garcia by Sandra Laugier
Tristan Garcia

Paris-based novelist Tristan Garcia, a philosopher by training, speaks with another philosopher, Sandra Laugier, about how ideas, ethics, and sex get entangled through the vivid characters in his first novel, Hate: A Romance.

Trajal Harrell’s Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (s) by Richard J. Goldstein
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Trajal Harrell’s recent solo performance at the New Museum was organized as a series of “looks” that collided voguing fashion with postmodern regimes, as its title suggests.

Eric Kraft by Andrei Codrescu
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I thoughthad discovered Eric Kraft when reading Taking Off, the first in a series about his alterego Peter Leroy.

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