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Uplift, Clothing Optional: An Interview with Novelist D. Foy by J.T. Price
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“To credibly present ecstasy, pure ecstasy, is incredibly difficult. Once upon a time this wasn’t the case. This is what capitalism has done to us all—rendered earnestness—a thing of suspicion and contempt.”

Artists on Writing: An Interview with Carroll Dunham by Matthew Weinstein
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“I don’t consider anything about my writing to be natural.”

Lucy Ives by Tan Lin
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Ives discusses chasing false lures, testing the limits of relationships, and what’s been cut from her novel Impossible Views of the World.

Staring Back, Staring Out: An Interview with Jillian Weise by Jessie Male
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“I originally published this in 2007 thinking, Oh this is a fine book, but I will be joined by a whole lot of amputee writers, and they are going to be here any minute. I’m still waiting.”

Italy, Two Ways: Jessie Chaffee and Minna Zallman Proctor
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“There’s often a gap between what we’re trying to say and what we are able to say. Sometimes I’m successful and sometimes I fail. Sometimes it’s painful and sometimes I get into that space where it feels right. That’s the high.”

Literature of the Present: An Interview with Nick Laird by Will Chancellor
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“Literature is a way of establishing the humanness of others. It’s interested in the relationships between people, between authenticity and truth. That in itself has to make us better disposed to each other.”

 Daniel Poppick and Jenny Zhang
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“What do you do when you’re born—without your consent—and you find out later that your life was at the cost of someone else’s? That’s how high the stakes can be.”

On the Creation of Syllabi by Jesse Ball
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The finger pointing to the hills.

The New Political Novel: An Interview with David Burr Gerrard by Nicholas Mancusi
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“I admire my characters for their ability to do something that I would find far too embarrassing to do myself. Fiction can get us to experience what we might do if we were braver. Or dumber.”

After the Coda by ​Hilary Leichter
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To sink is to save in Amelia Gray’s Isadora.

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.”

George Saunders by Sam Lipsyte
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Historical analogies between the Civil War period and our own time are plentiful in a conversation about the author’s much-anticipated first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.

Hari Kunzru and Sjón
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Ghost stories, paganism, the blues, and silent cinema are just some of the fixations of two authors known for novels steeped in history.

David Levine by James N. Kienitz Wilkins
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Body swapping, infinite loops, and ’70s conspiracy thrillers haunt the dynamic performances of a movie-loving artist and the actors he works with.

How to Tell a Story by John Menick
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Several years ago, I began reading books about how to write books. 

China Miéville by Paul La Farge
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Surrealism meets fantasy in The Last Days of New Paris, a recent novel by a British author of New Weird Fiction.

Michael Palmer and Rosmarie Waldrop

An epistolary exchange about the poetics of silence, geography, and history.

Alexandra Kleeman & Lincoln Michel
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On genre, influence, and getting weird in fiction.

Nell Zink by Keith Gessen
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Nicotine, the author’s third novel in as many years, dives into the world of East Coast anarchists.

Rendezvous in the Alps by Ratik Asokan
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With The Seasons in Quincy, filmmakers Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe, and Christopher Roth produce portraits of art critic and novelist John Berger.

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