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June 8, 2024 | Interview

Dyke Aching: EE interviews Chloe Caldwell abt *everything*!

Elizabeth Ellen

I attribute a 30% of our relationship to being Aries, 30% to being writers, and 40% to being mentally ill.*

June 6, 2024 | Interview

Pete Davidson, Mania & Writing While on Fire: EE Interviews Barrie Miskin

Elizabeth Ellen

The Pete Davidson Love Letter is actually my favorite thing I’ve ever written, too. I fell in love with him in the fall of 2017 when I saw him speaking about mental health on Weekend Update. It made me feel so much less alone. He was so cute with his buck teeth.

June 5, 2024 | Interview

Teddy Wayne on The Winner

Anna Dorn

I’m somewhat like that, but more of a junkballer, a term better known for baseball pitchers: someone who gets by with unexpected spins and slices and wiliness due to a deficit of conventional talent.

May 22, 2024 | Interview

CATS NEED VALIDATION: KATE AXELROD INTERVIEWED BY SAM AXELROD

Sam Axelrod

Kate Axelrod’s new book of stories, How to Get Along Without Me, is, to quote the jacket copy, “a collection that summons the perversity and poignance of twentysomething dating lives from a bracingly

May 21, 2024 | Interview

Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman on their novel Trust & Safety

Anna Dorn

Can you each pick two words to describe your book? 

Laura: Escapist fantasy

Eve: The first thing that came to mind for me was: “Oh, god.”

May 14, 2024 | Interview

Honor Levy on Her First Book

Anna Dorn

The black Mr. Sketch marker, Cucumber JUUL pods, Dr Pepper Lip Smacker, spirit duplicator, soggy sugary cereal milk mush, pink rubber pencil shavings, burning toast stroke, pumpkin spice scented hand sanitizer. 

April 15, 2024 | Interview

Pretty Obscure: Oral Sex & The Tumor Of Consciousness

Danielle Chelosky & Jack Skelley

Let’s get more filthy!

April 9, 2024 | Interview

Chaos Questions with Bonnie Jo Campbell

Sheldon Lee Compton

If I could be in The Fifth Element, I'd want to be in the scene where they pulled things out of the blue opera singer's belly. But I would want to keep pulling out new, surprising things.

April 2, 2024 | Interview

"Grateful and Mortified": Marissa Higgins on Publishing her Debut Novel A Good Happy Girl

Anna Dorn

Marissa:
I try very hard to be polite and normal, like manners are weirdly important to me given I'm a huge fuckup generally but my inner world is probably a less palatable version of Helen’s 💀💀

Anna:
You’re out here trying to be a good happy girl 

April 2, 2024 | Interview

Chaos Questions with Tom Williams

Sheldon Lee Compton

Guys, you’ve got Earl fucking Palmer out here in LA. The guy played on “Tutti Frutti” for chrissakes. You don’t think he could be part of the next hot thing?

March 26, 2024 | Interview

Alexandra Tanner on her "Seinfeldian" novel Worry

Anna Dorn

            i think the other end of seinfeldian is like
            tiny things really sharply observed

March 12, 2024 | Interview

Chaos Questions with David Joy

Sheldon Lee Compton

I have no interest in living another 360 years. The folks I get along with have about died off and the world will be on fire by then. I’m blowing my brains out.

March 5, 2024 | Interview

Chaos Questions with Leah Hampton

Sheldon Lee Compton

SHELDON LEE COMPTON: The aliens actually showed up. They only communicate through images and demand you show them one overall image that explains our civilization. You have five minutes to Google Image search. What do you type into the search bar?

LEAH HAMPTON: “Image of Donald Trump shitting on an endangered butterfly”

February 15, 2024 | Interview

Chaos Questions with Benjamin Drevlow

Sheldon Lee Compton

What I mean is I write auto-biographical fiction and as such I’m a habitual and unrepentant liar-liar-pants-on-fire sheep in wolf’s clothing.

February 9, 2024 | Interview

Chaos Questions with Michael Lafontaine

Sheldon Lee Compton

Full facial tattoo or painlessly losing your lips. One has to happen. What is it going to be? What’s that facial tattoo going to be? How’re you going to face the world without those lips?

February 5, 2024 | Interview

Rebecca K. Reilly on Greta & Valdin

Anna Dorn

Rebecca K. Reilly’s debut novel Greta & Valdin was a bestseller in her home country of New Zealand in 2021, and today it’s being released in the US and the UK. Pitched as Schitt’s Creek meets

January 27, 2024 | Interview

Chaos Questions with Ben Loory

Sheldon Lee Compton

I also have a white t-shirt I like a lot that says JOHN PRINE IS PRETTY GOOD, but I don't actually wear it because it comes down to my knees.

January 4, 2024 | Interview

The Art of a Boring Diary, The Point of a Memoir: An Interview With Alice Carrière

Andie Blaine

Normalcy has no moment to collapse because it is absent from the start.

November 14, 2023 | Interview

You Aren't Canceled! Lexi Freiman on The Book of Ayn

Anna Dorn

Australian author Lexi Freiman’s second novel, The Book of Ayn, is the funniest book of the year. In it, a writer named Anna struggles to find meaning after being canceled for her “classist” book. To

November 10, 2023 | Interview

FICTION ISN’T REAL: Elizabeth Ellen Interviews Dennis Cooper

Elizabeth Ellen

“He couldn’t decide if he wanted to draw David, fuck him, beat him up or fall in love with him.”

            -Dennis Cooper, Closer

 

When I first began earnestly wanting to be a writer,

October 9, 2023 | Interview

Tamara MC in Conversation with Athena Dixon, author of The Loneliness Files

Tamara MC, Ph.D.

What does a lifetime of loneliness look like, feel like in the body? Athena Dixon examines this question in her second book, The Loneliness Files, published by Tin House, and edited by one of my

October 3, 2023 | Interview

Sending Up Autofiction: Melissa Broder on Death Valley

Anna Dorn

Internet celebrity Melissa Broder’s third novel is what one Goodreads user accurately deemed an “existential horny cactus western.”

August 15, 2023 | Interview

On Shape, Repetition, and Strangeness: Tao Lin interviews Jesse Nathan

Tao Lin

To repeat something can be a form of stuckness. But it can also be an ecstatic cry.

August 11, 2023 | Interview

Nobody Remembers Participating in a Mob: EE interviews Stephen Elliott

Elizabeth Ellen

I did become very close to many people in the McSweeney’s universe. A lot of those people were great, and a lot of them were just ambitious people with no integrity whatsoever.

July 28, 2023 | Interview

“A magpie for weird”: Jessie Gaynor on her debut novel The Glow

Anna Dorn

Definitely one poet holdover is just being a magpie for weird

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