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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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Dispatches from Russia: An Interview with Joseph Brodsky

In 1986, I was a fledgling researcher at ABC News, and had all but ditched my Russian literature obsession of the last several years. The shelves in my sunless rental on West 73rd Street heaved with the volumes that had nursed me through four years of college. The weathered text of Bely’s Petersburg sat aside [...]

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Losing It At the Movies: An Interview with Owen King

A conversation with Owen King

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The Principles of Shapeshifting: An Interview with CJ Hauser

A conversation with CJ Hauser

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Mother or Monster? Véronique Olmi’s Beside The Sea: An Interview with Ruth Cain

“Literature brings us to an acknowledgment of situations which I think that legal reports, media reports simply don’t do. This has really reinforced my impression that we need to engage on a literary level with these tragedies.”

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May We Be Forgiven: An Interview with A.M. Homes

An interview with A.M. Homes.

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Photos of Pain: An Interview with Scott Binkley

A conversation with photographer Scott Binkley

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Bullets and Trees: An Interview with Hannah Tinti

An conversation with Hannah Tinti

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Sneaking Up On Creation: An Interview with Dunja Jankovic

A conversation with Dunja Jankovic

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Fighting the Elements: An Interview with Shane Jones

A conversation with Shane Jones

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Translating Beside The Sea: An Interview with Adriana Hunter

Véronique Olmi’s Beside The Sea has been garnering praise and best-seller credentials in Europe for over a decade, but—until today—it’s been unavailable in the States. We’re thrilled, at long last, to introduce American readers to this novel.

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How Should A Person Be?: An Interview with Sheila Heti

A conversation with Sheila Heti

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