The author of The Death of Francis Bacon on “big, canonical problematic figures,” questioning artificiality, and creepy doll furniture.
Talking to the author of Beautiful World, Where Are You about not creating characters from a place of moral superiority, authors as celebrities, and the great stakes of love and friendship.
Talking to the author of Stone Fruit on queer child care, the importance of breakups, and the peach-walnut dichotomy.
Talking to the author of Something New Under the Sun about realist novels, writing as an archaeological excavation, and taking for granted fitting into the world.
The author of Lost in Summerland on marriage, Virginia Woolf and the hermeneutics of suspicion.
Talking to the author of The Turnout about why The Nutcracker is important for young girls, writing about the body, and the great noir trope of the insurance investigator.
The author of Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology on body horror, revisiting old LiveJournals and high school Latin teachers.
The author of Finding the Raga on teachers, poetry, and performance.
Talking to the author of Abundance about what’s lacking from literature centring low-income characters, the delicate act of revealing race, and the social utility of fiction.
Talking to the author of Crying in H Mart about trusting your memory, how writing a book is different from writing a song, and art as an archive.