Interviews

‘It’s About Making a Person More Herself’: Translating Elena Ferrante

For over a decade, outgoing New Yorker copy head Ann Goldstein has made Elena Ferrante’s work come alive in English. We spoke with her about translation, Italian lessons and Dante.

‘You’ll Only Change When the Status Quo is Ripped Away From You’: An Interview with Elan Mastai

Talking with the author of All Our Wrong Todays about the unintended consequences of innovation, the seductive powers of nihilism, and writing movie scripts about skateboarding chimpanzees.

‘The System Can Fix Its Mistakes But It Can’t Fix Them Completely’: An Interview with John Chipman

Speaking with the author of Death in the Family about Dr. Charles Smith, the paediatric pathologist whose mishandling of child death cases caused untold pain for already devastated families.

‘Point of View Is What Separates Hacks from Artists’: An Interview with Brian Koppelman

The screenwriter and co-creator of Billions on breaking into the industry, getting married young, and the genius of Garry Shandling.

‘What’s True is the Cynicism’: An Interview with Shawn Micallef

Speaking with the author of Frontier City about how downtown and the suburbs misunderstand each other, how the Fords anticipated Donald Trump, and the hills progressives choose to die on.

‘Failing is a Skill of General Utility’: An Interview with Sarah Manguso

Speaking with the author of 300 Arguments about crafting an experimental, lyrical form; treating writing as a game; and our shared affinity for Jenny Holzer.

‘The Primary Emotion I Was Following Was Anger’: An Interview with Alana Massey

Talking with the author and essayist about rewriting female power narratives, telling honest sex work stories, and making peace with Gwyneth

‘I Wanted to Find a Way Out of Realism’: Maren Ade on Toni Erdmann

The director of the Oscar-nominated comedy on her interest in role-playing, her love for Andy Kaufman and the fate of a particularly memorable piece of costuming.

‘The Goal is to Change the Way You Think’: An Interview with Roger Ross Williams

Speaking with the director of the Oscar-nominated Life, Animated about representation in documentary film. 

Lifting the Sword: David France on the Legacy of the AIDS Crisis

Speaking with the author of How to Survive a Plague about the early days of the disease, the unpredictable nihilism of the Trump government, and the evolution of lasting gay love.