The Internet Abridged
October 2, 2017
And the thing is that if you do that, then things start to come. I mean, I start every day thinking I have nothing to say. I don’t know anything. And I don’t think much. But then if I just start to say, no, I’ll write a page about one thing, something just turns up. An...
September 30, 2017
When I teach, I talk to students a lot about “play,” and how that critical part of your young imagination can be snuffed out if you don’t feed it and take care of it. There’s been a lot of good and interesting writing about this idea of nursing one’s creative subconsci...
August 14, 2017
Disordered thinking is so intoxicating, especially in adolescence, when you’re trying to take a stab at crafting an identity. The really sticky part about eating disorders is — and I’m reiterating a bit from above — is how they make you feel part of something (i.e., “I...
August 8, 2017
The other thing is when we encounter something unbelievably horrifying, our impulse is to verify it really happened or to dismiss it. When I was writing about, say the abject poverty that many immigrants experience, sometimes my peers at Iowa would look at me askance a...
June 12, 2017
I am fascinated by how the political system gets reflected in the physical space and how the space, in turn, shapes the kinds of social relations that are possible. These concerns are central to Portrait with Keys. In the transition period, when South Africa began to c...
June 10, 2017
I believe in really getting into the muck of writing, getting waist deep in it. I completely understand beautifully written pull quotes, but I do find them slightly puzzling; in a way style becomes less and less interesting to me as I read and write. A series of perfec...
June 7, 2017
I wanted to write about that feeling of external lives not holding up and making a story. In a way I was thinking of specific stories, but in a way I just meant ‘storyness’. One of the parts of the spiel that I’ve been going around saying is that the novel is a synthes...
May 11, 2017
I’m always trying to think in bigger ways, to add more layers, to fill up the form as much as possible, which can get me into trouble because the work can spin out of control, but that’s also where a lot of the strangeness and playfulness and humor of the work comes fr...
April 27, 2017
"I’m angry for a second, feeling that it must be a deep lack of imagination that holds Sarah back from fully understanding how wonderful my proposition is, and that I, if I am really in a position of being honest with myself today and every day moving forward, don’t re...
Deborah Eisenberg interview in The Believver
November 22, 2019
Laura van den Berg interviewed at The Paris Review
August 10, 2018
Daniel Peña on The Alamo, Post-Truth, & Wolfgang Hilbig
August 9, 2018
Jamel Brinkley in conversation with Brandon Taylor for Lithub
July 11, 2018
Edouard Louis and Abdellah Taïa in conversation for The Paris Review
July 6, 2018
Elissa Washuta & Alice Bolin in conversation for Tin House
June 20, 2018
Arundhati Roy interviewed in The Guardian
June 18, 2018
Rita Bullwinkel Interviewed for The Paris Review
May 27, 2018
Kevin Young Interviewed for Guernica
November 13, 2017
Kiese Laymon Interviews Eve Ewing for Guernica
October 18, 2017
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