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Tumbledown: An Interview With Robert Boswell

Robert Boswell is a patient man. The facts surrounding this interview support this claim. Our conversation began in Telluride, where he and his wife, the writer Antonya Nelson, have a home. This was a year ago and I should mention that our weekend together began with me flying into the wrong airport some 90 miles […]

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This is Not Imitation: An Interview with David Greenberg

I met David Greenberg almost twenty years ago, at Johns Hopkins; he was attending the Writing Seminars and I was in the first year of a Ph.D. program there. We had several seminars together with our common mentor, Allen Grossman. At the time, I was struck by the intense beauty and ethical force of David’s […]

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A Man of His Times: Revisiting Alan Sillitoe

From Issue 30, Winter Reading Alan Sillitoe’s writing is uniquely musical, but it is a street rhythm, located in the English postindustrial town of Nottingham. His quick-witted dialogue parallels the quick thinking his characters need to survive. Their inner monologues, however, seethe with anger at those who circumscribe their lives, and with a constant ache […]

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Divinatory Branding: An Interview with Suzette Smith

Suzette Smith is an artist and cartoonist living and working in Portland, OR. An enthusiastic and supportive member of Portland’s independent comics community, her comics explore murky areas of personal experience and imagination with wry, defiant wit. She will be leading a workshop at The Projects, a festival of experimental comics and narrative arts happening […]

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Snakes Whose Skins Refuse to be Shed: An Interview with Jeff Jackson

“It’s difficult to say what I might be up to,” the narrator of Jeff Jackson’s debut novel Mira Corpora tells us. His name is also Jeff Jackson. “These days I’m on a need-to-know basis with myself.” Identity and the impossibility of knowing one’s self provide many of the thematic resonances here. Mira Corpora is a […]

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The Science Delusion : An Interview with Curtis White

Published in May of this year, Curtis White’s The Science Delusion has garnered the type of fractured responses one might expect for a book that aims to “critique the delusions of science alongside a rousing defense of the role of art and philosophy in our culture.” The following email conversation took place in the weeks leading […]

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The Virgins by Pamela Erens – Q & A

The Virgins is the story of Aviva Rossner and Seung Jung’s erotic awakening at Auburn Academy re-imagined in richly detailed episodes by their classmate Bruce, a once-embittered voyeur, now repentant narrator, whose envy spurs the novel’s tragic end.

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Sarah Butler: An Interview

Walking into Sarah Butler’s Official Transcript (at Brooklyn’s Reverse Art Space through 6/30), one sees works of art where familiar elements frequently associated with writing and language bend towards the unfamiliar. Handwriting shifts into forms almost sculptural; long, rapturous essays become surreal compositions, the same phrases recurring in dreamlike formations. Through a series of emails, […]

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A Thimblerig of Time: An Interview with Andrew Sean Greer

Ed. Note: Greer will be reading at Powell’s Books in Portland this evening, 7:30pm. jjjjj Kyle Minor: Like many readers, I first learned about your work when John Updike reviewed The Confessions of Max Tivoli in the New Yorker. He spoke of how his own teacher, John Hawkes, once astonished his class by saying, “When […]

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Absolutely Voracious: An Interview with Alissa Nutting

For the past month, whenever I talk to other writers or booksellers about new books they’ve been thrilled by, Alissa Nutting’s debut novel, Tampa, usually becomes the focus of the conversation. Just mentioning the word Tampa causes these literary folk to open their eyes wide and exclaim, “Holy shit! Have you read that?” Indeed, this is […]

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You Only Get Letters from Jail – An Interview

Alan Heathcock: First, I just want to congratulate you on You Only Get Letters from Jail. It’s an amazing and impressive work of art, one that really hit me where I live. That said, it’s almost odd to congratulate you on the book, in the sense that you seem to be rooting through some intense […]

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American Dream Machine: An Interview

Dana Spiotta: Let’s start with the title. Can you tell me about it? There is an earnestness in the novel—almost a nostalgia—about the idea of the American dream. Beau seems to have some purchase on it that isn’t available to his son Nate. Were you thinking about the way the possibilities of America have declined […]

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On Kubrick: An Interview with Leon Vitali

In Stanley Kubrick’s film Barry Lyndon, Lord Bullingdon is the titular character’s stepson. He is played by Leon Vitali, who would become enmeshed with Kubrick’s career and personal life, including the films The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. Kubrick’s atypically paternal interest in Vitali led the latter to serve as actor, personal […]

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Advice to Newlyweds: An Interview with John D’Agata

Joanna Klink, the Tin House Writer-in-Residence (and a damn fine neighbor), recently engaged in an email conversation with John D’Agata, whom she first met while the two were studying at the University of Iowa. Unlike some of his more famous correspondences, this discussion was decidedly cordial. Centered on his latest project, a new translation of […]

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Imaginative Leaps: Karen Shepard and Andrea Barrett in Conversation

Karen Shepard’s newest novel, The Celestials, will be published by Tin House Books in June. She’s also the author of three previous novels: An Empire of Women, The Bad Boy’s Wife, and Don’t I Know You?, as well as numerous stories, articles, and essays. In May, I had the chance to talk with her about […]

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The Slippage: An Interview with Ben Greenman

Ben Greenman’s new novel, The Slippage, is a book about marriage and its discontents—not to mention the suburbs, charts, driving in the suburbs, and the limits of language. The Slippage urges the reader to examine the relationships in their life based on love and friendship. I recently met up with Ben at a busy Starbucks […]

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Dear Lucy: An Interview with Julie Sarkissian

Julie Sarkissian and I attended The New School’s MFA program at the same time, and although we shared a few literature seminars (and many more hours drinking at Café Loup on West 13th Street), we were never in a workshop together. Julie was always extremely private about her work, so I had only the vaguest idea […]

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Still Points North: An Interview with Leigh Newman

Growing up, Leigh Newman lived her summers in Alaska, hunting caribou and trekking glaciers with her Great Alaskan Dad. The school year was spent with her silk-blouse-buttoned-up mother in Baltimore. With Dad, she’d gut salmon; with Mom, she’d be dropped off at a private girls’ school to study Latin poetry. To survive in either environment, […]

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An Interview with Matthew Specktor, author of American Dream Machine

If you’re in the Bay Area tonight, go see Matthew Specktor in conversation with Glen David Gold at the Lone Palm. 7:00 pm, hosted by LitQuake.

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Even Our Bones Had Memories: An Interview with Matt Bell

Matt Bell’s visionary debut novel In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and Woods is one of the most singularly strange and beautiful and wondrous books to come along in a long time. I picked it up one afternoon just to read the opening paragraph— “Before our first encounter with the bear I […]

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Wants and Needs: An Interview with Ben Schrank

Ben Schrank’s latest work, Love Is a Canoe, centers around the idea of marriage but it is also about desire and ambition and what grows when these things are absent. I find Schrank to be a confident, intelligent writer, who seems to know his characters well, always revealing a truth at precisely the right moment in the […]

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It’s the Disregard of the Natural Landscape that Proves Man’s Intelligence: An Interview with Ken Kalfus

Historical fiction, we’re told, always says more about the era in which it’s written than that in which it’s set. Yeah, yeah. Set in Egypt in the waning years of the nineteenth century, Ken Kalfus’s glimmering new novel Equilateral takes a different approach in that it isn’t content to only offer commentary on who we […]

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Little Known Facts: An Interview with Christine Sneed

Write what you don’t know yet.

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Dispatches from Russia: Yuz Aleshkovsky

This is the third installment of Marcia DeSanctis’s series on three of Russia’s most influental 20th-century writers—Joseph Brodsky, Vladimir Voinovich, and Yuz Aleshkovsky.  Joseph Brodsky admired Yuz Aleshkovsky greatly and made an introduction for me. His book Kangaroo, which had just been published by Ardis in the US, was by far my favorite book of 1987 […]

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Dispatches from Russia: An Interview with Vladimir Voinovich

  This is the second installment of Marcia DeSanctis’s series on three of Russia’s most influental 20th-century writers- Joseph Brodsky, Vladimir Voinovich, and Yuz Aleshkovsky. You can read her first disptach here. Vladimir Voinovich — Silenced in 1974 in the USSR and forced to emigrate in 1980. I met Voinovich when he visited the Department of Slavic […]

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