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September 13, 2017

Pushing the Envelope: The Millions Interviews Alex Gilvarry 0


“Growing up in Staten Island, I sort of grew up with a chip on my shoulder, with that feeling that I’ve got to prove myself to people—to people from Manhattan, the Upper East Side.  I think I even came into the book business with a chip on my shoulder, like I had to prove myself somehow. It drove me.  But you’ve got to realize it. Otherwise, this kind of thinking can destroy you.”

September 11, 2017

Haunted by Ghosts: The Millions Interviews Jesmyn Ward 0


I’m always thinking about how black people survive.

September 6, 2017

Getting Out of Her Own Skin: The Millions Interviews Nancy Pearl 1


Plot is not that important to me. I think what’s always important to me in life and the books I read are the people involved.

August 24, 2017

Transgression Has Become So Banal: Chris Kraus and Jarett Kobek in Conversation 1


We’re all living in a word that comes after Kathy Acker.

August 22, 2017

The Spaces In-Between: The Millions Interviews Rachel Khong 0


In that big life story that you tell somebody—that myth that you tell people—you wouldn’t talk about things that just happened quietly every day and yet those things are the very material of that big sweeping story. Those little moments, those little interactions are who you are; every day is what makes up your life.

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.

July 20, 2017

Trouble in Paradise: The Millions Interviews Julia Fierro 0


Writing and reading is how I practice my humanity and to write only within my limited experience seems counterproductive, and cowardly.

July 5, 2017

Finding My Way into a New Form: An Interview with Teju Cole 0


I’m a citizen who is not a patriot.  I’m a citizen in the sense of being invested in what we owe each other.

June 27, 2017

Books & Mortar: A Day in the Life of Judy Blume, Bookseller 2


When we first opened, a hen came into the store. We stayed calm, though we were thinking, if that chicken gets scared and starts flying around she’s going to poop on our books! Lucky for us, she wandered around, then with some gentle urging, walked out the way she walked in.

June 26, 2017

Capitalism Is a Very Successful Cancer: The Millions Interviews Eugene Lim 3


I’d like to describe the chaotic matrix in which we’re living through some other narrative device, some new way that supersedes our dependence on character as empathy avatar.