The Future PerfectDecember 2015
The novelist on what atheists and true believers have in common and how Mark Twain, Henry James, and “Sigmund-fucking-Freud” lack imagination.
How to Make a LifeJuly 2013
The acclaimed novelist and short story writer talks about sensual sentences, the controversy surrounding his first novel, and why his “enemy is blasé, detached, ironic art of any kind.”
Matthew McAlister: Criminally UnderappreciatedApril 2013
Georges Simenon might be the best French-language novelist you've never heard of.
The End of Gore VidalAugust 2012
The iconoclastic leftist and novelist discusses the rage that fueled him, and how he felt about his coming end alongside the ruin of America.
A Kind of Flag-PlantingNovember 2010 On the heels of her second novel and fourth work of fiction, Bender considers magic and math, craft and discipline, and the influence of other writers and artists on her work.
Meakin Armstrong: On EdistoJuly 2009
Padgett Powell’s Edisto, which takes place within sight of a beach, isn’t a difficult read—it’s propulsive and written with a light hand—but it's also rife with all those harder topics that make the book worthwhile.