Articles by Adam Vitcavage

September 11, 2017

Haunted by Ghosts: The Millions Interviews Jesmyn Ward 0

I’m always thinking about how black people survive.

November 22, 2016

Two Kinds of Aboutness: The Millions Interviews Michael Chabon 1

Memoirs are bullshit to some degree. I don’t mean memoirists are liars; some might be, most are not. I know memoirists try to be scrupulous and try not to deviate from what they remember. It’s the last few words of my sentence where the bullshit comes in. Of course what you remember is a lie or a distortion.

October 5, 2016

I’m Not Entirely Demented: The Millions Interviews Nell Zink 10

“If you actually met them you’ll know they spend eight years doing nothing, two months outlining, then they sell a partial, and then they go to the MacDowell Colony and write the book in three weeks. That’s what everybody does.”

January 6, 2016

Every Story Is a Ghost Story: The Millions Interviews Samantha Hunt 1

It’s just that everybody, every character, will die eventually. Wow, that’s totally bleak. I’m trying to convince you that it’s not, but it totally is.

November 19, 2015

After Happily Ever After: The Millions Interviews Michael Cunningham 0

I’ve come to suspect that what we call talent is a little hard to distinguish from this other thing that is this bottomless interest by the problems posed by paint or astrophysics or whatever it is.

October 27, 2015

The Tortoise, Not the Hare: The Millions Interviews Angela Flournoy 2

As far as identity in literature, I think we’re coming to a place where readers have so many options. Eventually readers will read about everything and it will happen organically; it wouldn’t even be a thought. There’s so many books out there by such a diverse group of writers that readers won’t have to try hard to find diversity. Hopefully we can get to a point where diversity is the norm.