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Stop Reading My Fiction as the Story of My Life

But that is not what I wrote. I wrote a story about a woman, and her...

Geoff Dyer on Obsession vs. Addiction, and the Unpredictability of Life

In this wonderful conversation from the podcast vault, Geoff Dyer and Paul Holdengraber travel back to...

Elif Batuman on Fictionalizing Her Life, and Learning to Fact Check

In 2015, the New Yorker writer Elif Batuman was given a book contract to write an autobiographical...

No, I Can’t Drive You to the Airport: A Freelancer’s Life

There’s a perception that writers who work from home are always there to babysit, or to drive neighbors to the airport. That’s the way...

Alice Neel: How to Persevere and Live the Artist’s Life

“Alice loved a wretch. She loved the wretch in the hero and the hero in the...

Torn Ballet Shoes, and a Life Upended

She was arrested and charged with supporting terrorism, not because of her novels but as a...

Eileen Myles on the Most Interesting Nights of Their Life

In this video in support of the Festival Neue Literatur, which celebrates contemporary German-language and American fiction (this...