The Internet Abridged
November 22, 2019
I was and I remain interested in the mental gymnastics entailed in thinking of oneself as a decent person when one is deeply, deeply embroiled in every cell of one’s body in an exploitative and cruel system.
August 10, 2018
There’s a line from John Berger’s Ways of Seeing that goes, “The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.” I was born and raised in Orlando, where the economy and culture has been powerfully shaped by tourism, and so I’ve long been interested in...
August 9, 2018
In remembering the Alamo, I think of it as our very own monument to American post-truth. The Alamo is a physical manifestation of Stasi-like doublespeak, a celebration of white mediocrity, white insularity, and the deep need to claim victory at all costs despite thorou...
July 11, 2018
I’m deeply suspicious of the idea that people or characters can suddenly undergo deep and genuine change, or that radical change and true epiphanies are common, but I am completely faithful to the idea that there are moments when we can be profoundly shaken.
July 6, 2018
Just like you, I measure the violence of the world every day and ask myself what to do. And when I realize that I spend my days writing books, I feel infinite shame. Every day when I sit in front of my desk to write my next novel I think to myself, You could help migra...
June 20, 2018
I’m thinking again of that idea of the book as the site of experience. In the book that’s the only place where I’m able to have that experience, or that’s the place where I’m freest to have the experience of telling someone about my fear and my pain. That’s not a real-...
June 18, 2018
What I do worry about is the fact that writers have become so frightened of being political. The idea that writers are being reduced to creators of a product that is acceptable, that slips down your throat, which readers love and therefore can be bestsellers, that’s so...
May 27, 2018
"In life and fiction, I have found that sentimentality is something that is not to be trusted. It’s not an honest feeling, and so I don’t find it moving. It’s a screen feeling, as in, people feel sentimental about something when they are unable to look at the truth of...
November 13, 2017
For me, as an emerging writer, and I’m sure for other “emerging writers,” I remember feeling that you just want to be not emerging. You want to have arrived. But in a weird way it’s a kind of magical time, to be able to be someone who is in the midst of their writing a...
October 18, 2017
I think I’m always chasing the way it felt to read as a child. The way it felt to be in the backseat of a car while my parents were driving somewhere, or up late at night, under a blanket, or on the school bus, or in the back of the room when I was supposed to be readi...
Deborah Eisenberg interview in The Believver
Laura van den Berg interviewed at The Paris Review
Daniel Peña on The Alamo, Post-Truth, & Wolfgang Hilbig
Jamel Brinkley in conversation with Brandon Taylor for Lithub
Edouard Louis and Abdellah Taïa in conversation for The Paris Review
Elissa Washuta & Alice Bolin in conversation for Tin House
Arundhati Roy interviewed in The Guardian
Rita Bullwinkel Interviewed for The Paris Review
Kevin Young Interviewed for Guernica
Kiese Laymon Interviews Eve Ewing for Guernica
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