Articles by Alex Dueben

August 2, 2017

Patricia Smith Wants You to Hear Every Gunshot: The Millions Interview 0

My mom believed that the way to get through life was to be as beholden as possible to white people. If she was in a room and a white person walked in, her whole body would get smaller. She tried really hard to teach me how to live like that—because it was the way to stay alive. If you said the wrong thing to the wrong person you might wind up in a shallow grave somewhere.

October 7, 2015

Not Just a Riddle to Be Solved: The Millions Interviews Ann Beattie 2

While I do think vaguely of my audience, I write whatever I’m inclined to write, because a writer shouldn’t outguess or in any way condescend to her audience.