Articles by Edan Lepucki

September 28, 2017

Great Art Doesn’t Just Happen: The Millions Interviews Bill Goldstein 0

And then every so often you just stop yourself in awe and realize, these are Virginia Woolf’s letters! This is her paper, her ink, she wrote this — it’s not a facsimile.

August 14, 2017

31 Writer Dreams: A List 7

Since Woman No. 17 has been published, I’ve wondered what would have to occur for me to feel 100% satisfied with the book’s performance and reception.

March 14, 2017

You Can’t Go Wrong With Heart: The Millions Interviews Jami Attenberg 6

I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted a collective female energy to buoy this book. We’re always steering the fucking ship, whether it’s acknowledged or not.

March 7, 2017

Whole Lives Are Dedicated to Not Thinking About Something: The Millions Interviews Dan Chaon 2

I pretended to be my own creation, no nature or nurture either, just a self-invented person. See? I’m just like you, readers of The Millions.

December 3, 2016

A Year in Reading: Edan Lepucki 7

Lew Archer’s assessments of women — “Legs still good. Mouth still good.” — continued to rankle, and I began to collect these instances…for what, I am not yet sure. Maybe as a reminder that this way of seeing females is historical, at least half a century old. It is also our inheritance. And it persists.

November 17, 2016

Writing the Great Psychological Experiment: The Millions Interviews Margot Livesey 0

I am still a little surprised by how deeply interested I am in moral choices. Clearly I was paying more attention in my Scottish Sunday school than I realized. I remain deeply puzzled — I’d have to say indignant — that as adults we can find ourselves in situations where there is no obvious right thing to do.

October 18, 2016

Five Novels I Won’t Write 12

Alas, I have only one life, and one voice, and only three days of childcare a week to write.

June 23, 2016

Well Fed: Breastfeeding in Literature 4

For the first months of my daughter’s life, when I was nursing a lot more often and for longer sessions, I depended on TV and books to keep me sane.

June 7, 2016

Neither Gift nor Curse: The Millions Interviews Rumaan Alam 0

Novels can do whatever the writer asks them to. It may not work, but you can always ask.

April 27, 2016

Life Is Short and This Book Is Long: Two Thoroughly Modern Women Continue to Discuss ‘David Copperfield’ 19

I still have 200 pages to go and I can barely remember what it’s like to truly love a book. I am so behind and the book is starting to feel endless. Every night I tell myself, “Okay, go to bed early. Read for an hour or more.” Then I get in bed, read two pages, and fall asleep at 9 pm or whatever it is.