Talking to the author of Virtue about writing as shedding self-consciousness, the impossibility of living an uncompromised life in a compromised world, and Toni Morrison’s bathroom.
Talking to the author of Imperial Nostalgia about the complex British relationship to class, culture war diversions, and toppling statues.
Talking to the author of The Rock Eaters about organizing a short story collection, lingering in the complexity of a question, and the inevitably of sorrow (and, hopefully, beauty).
Talking to the author of Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook about feminist translations of The Odyssey, the whitewashing of ancient Greece, and the link between white supremacy and classics.
The author of And Now I Spill the Family Secrets on contradictory memories, record-keeping, and ways to articulate grief.
The author of Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest on the myth of neutrality, collective culture, amd museums’ responsibility.
Talking to the author of The Renunciations about structuring a book of poetry, living with myths, and caring for yourself and others when writing about trauma.
The author of Oligarchy on teenaged girls, hierarchies within hierarchies, and the great confidence tricks of capitalism.
The authors of Until Proven Safe on the ongoing pandemic, the history of quarantine, and our existential precarity.