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August 11, 2021 | Interview

the novel as a kind of organism: an interview with Tao Lin

Kristen Iskandrian

To try to allay his doubt, or figure out of it’s real, [Li] mentally consults his in-progress novel, as if it were a friend. He intuits, in an intuition described by the line you quoted, that his doubt is wrong, is habitual and self-sabotalogical.

June 23, 2021 | Interview

Palm Springs Eternal: Allie Rowbottom Interviews Jon Lindsey

Allie Rowbottom

AR: This is a boundary and you are going to push against it

 

May 21, 2021 | Interview

Faded Trilogy of Addict-Liar-Thief: Elizabeth Ellen interviews Elizabeth V. Aldrich

Elizabeth Ellen

I wrote this book manic, in psychosis, in withdrawal, while feeling like I was overdosing,

April 25, 2021 | Interview

We Are Not Ourselves: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Noah Cicero

Elizabeth Ellen

I think I give non-important people dignity. I still believe there is magic in this world.

February 3, 2021 | Interview

A Blowjob from the 1970s & The Censorship of Disabled Writers

The Cyborg Jillian Weise

Bill Peace  12:49

If I gotta start explaining ableism...

Jillian Weise  12:51

I know, in the fricking hospital.

October 2, 2020 | Interview

I have no idea who is speaking here, I would never say this, I am against whoever wrote these words.

Nick Farriella

I suppose a meaningful conclusion I came to was that it's often fruitful to follow diversions and accidents, but that you have to create the conditions to experience them.

June 2, 2020 | Interview

An Interview with Amy Long

Haley Sherif

My favorite blurb about Amy Long's essay collection, Codependence, is Joshua Mohr saying: "Long leads her readers into emotional investigations and she has the courage to never flinch." To do what

May 8, 2020 | Interview

THIS IS THE TITLE OF AN INTERIEW (elixabeth change this lol)

Elizabeth Ellen

i used to write on adderall like a million years ago or when drinking also but thats stopped. like once, last year, i wrote a short story while drinking, and i cant even remember where i saved it so idek if its any good, bc after a while i got distracted and started watching YouTube makeup reviews.

May 6, 2020 | Interview

NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO): Elizabeth Ellen interviews LEESA CROSS-SMITH

Elizabeth Ellen

I write about dark things a lot but not without at least some hope…or hope for hope.

May 5, 2020 | Interview

The Ethics of Claimlessness: an interview with Garth Greenwell

Elizabeth Ellen

I wrote for twenty years without anyone paying me or offering me confirmation or telling me that what I wrote would be welcomed by the world. Quite the contrary. 

May 4, 2020 | Interview

WORSTED: Elizabeth Ellen interviews Garielle Lutz

Elizabeth Ellen

"Gary” always felt like a misnomer to me, something I had to put up with to keep the peace.

March 31, 2020 | Interview

Common Ancestor: An Interview with Jenny Irish 

Jenny Irish and I sat down to discuss her stunning debut, Common Ancestor, with Black Lawrence Press. Her prose poem, "A Brief History of Motivations" was published on our site in

March 5, 2020 | Interview

“Who’s in the barn, what’s he doing in there, is it even his barn?”

Nick Farriella

A Flash Book Review of ‘50 Barn Poems’ and Brief Interview with Zac Smith

November 18, 2019 | Interview

Cunt, cunt, cunt: an interview with Laura Theobald and Mikaela Grantham

Elizabeth Ellen

I think they mean they just don't like a woman going around going "cunt cunt cunt."

November 1, 2019 | Interview

Spy in the House of Anais Nin: an interview with Kim Krizan

Elle Nash

...a person is like an ocean, or a country, or a forest...

September 20, 2019 | Interview

‘Getting Cancelled Means You Are Permanently Working Class’: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Brian Allen Carr

Elizabeth Ellen

When I was younger, if you had a hard time following rules, you became an artist.

Now, if you have a hard time following rules, you become an entrepreneur.

People in the literary world follow rules the most.

August 13, 2019 | Interview

Empathy in the Usual Way: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Amanda Goldblatt

Elizabeth Ellen

"Honestly, I don't care if language overtakes story." 

May 30, 2019 | Interview

All Narrators Are Unlikeable: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Mary MIller

Elizabeth Ellen

Maybe ‘white trash American girl’ is a compliment over there?

May 23, 2019 | Interview

Dirtbags Can Write Books: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Steve Anwyll

Elizabeth Ellen

If you were to sit down and watch an American beer commercial and then a Canadian one, they wouldn't be that different. Replace the eagle with a beaver. 

May 22, 2019 | Interview

JULIET, MY MANIAC: ELIZABETH ELLEN INTERVIEWS JULIET ESCORIA (AGAIN!)

Elizabeth Ellen

Trent, and NIN, are way cooler and better. Also Trent is fucking hot.

April 2, 2019 | Interview

An Interview With Mary Laura Philpott

Haley Sherif

The wonderful thing about teenagers — which is what he is now — is that they are very focused on their own lives and not the least bit interested in what their parents are up to.

January 25, 2019 | Interview

Betty Ford Said That Dance Was Her Happiness: an interview with Lisa McCubbin 

Elizabeth Ellen

The great thing about Betty and Rosalynn Carter working together was showing the world how to find common ground even when coming from different political stances. We could use a lot more of that right now.

January 1, 2019 | Interview

An Interview With Eva Hagberg Fisher

Haley Sherif

Eva Hagberg Fisher's forthcoming book (out next week) How To Be Loved figuratively fell in my lap. I was at coffee with a friend, saying I needed a new book to read, but I needed that book to be about recovery because I just needed to be heard and understood, and lo and behold, my inbox pinged.

November 30, 2018 | Interview

An Interview With Leah Dieterich

Rebecca van Laer

Leah Dieterich:’s Vanishing Twins A Marriage came onto my radar when I saw it described as a Barthes-like book of fragments about an open marriage. As I read it, I discovered that it’s a book about

October 5, 2018 | Interview

An Interview With Darrin Doyle

Mallory Brand

I don’t feel like I’m very good at writing a serious story with super realistic violence and human emotion. I feel like it has to be filtered through some kind of absurd or weird lens. 

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