Interviews

‘There Has To Be Less School’: An Interview with Nicholson Baker

Talking with the author of Substitute about an educational system at odds with learning, seduced by technology, and ripe for reform; the vanishing awe of teachers; and the madness that is lunchtime.

‘If You Don’t Have Hope, Then Why Go On?’: An Interview with Colson Whitehead

Talking with the author of The Underground Railroad about knowing when the time is right to write a book, schools skipping over slavery, and why Sonic Youth made his acknowledgments page.

‘What a Wreck the Country Was Back Then’: An Interview with Jeffrey Toobin

The author of American Heiress on the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, San Francisco in the ’70s, and why we’re fascinated by decades-old trials. 

‘He Couldn’t Believe I Flew All the Way to Djibouti to Talk About Diarrhea’: An Interview With Mary Roach

In her new book, Grunt, Roach points her flashlight to the lengths we’ll go—and have yet to go—to keep people alive.

‘I Feel Like Everything Shouldn’t Exist’: An Interview with Hannah Black

Talking to the artist and author of Dark Pool Party about celebrities as archetypal figures, shunning posterity, and whether we finally have the correct conditions for heterosexuality.

‘The More Time I Spend on Iran, The Less I Think This Is About Religion’: An Interview with Laura Secor

The author of Children of Paradise on a decade of reporting on Iran, history as a story of ideas, and the importance of understanding the events in foreign countries on their own terms.

‘An Artist Who Can Turn Ugliness Into Beauty’: An Interview with Hany Abu-Assad

The Palestinian filmmaker on nationalism, film as resistance and hope.

‘I Don’t Know Why This City Sees Fit to Kill Its Women’: An Interview with Sam Wiebe

The author of Invisible Dead on why writing about Vancouver is liberating and the psychic cost of the truth. 

‘Worshipping This Crazy Female Energy Eruption’: An Interview with Sarah Barmak

The author of Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality on scientific ignorance, the sexualized Other, and Victorian hang ups.