Los Angeles Review of Books blog // Interview with Kate Christensen

August 8, 2018

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kate Christensen about her new novel The Last Cruise. It ran in the LA Review of Books blog on 8/8/18. Here’s a taste: What’s the worst vacation you’ve ever been on? If happy vacations are all alike, maybe bad ones are bad in their own ways. I’m torn between […]

The Paris Review // Interview with Laura van den Berg

July 24, 2018

My interview with Laura van den Berg ran at The Paris Review Daily on July 24, 2018. Here’s an excerpt: INTERVIEWER Your book contains a fictional zombie film. What will be your own strategy for surviving the inevitable zombie uprising? VAN DEN BERG Zombies have nothing to lose, which makes them formidable adversaries. Destruction is […]

Tin House // Interview with Tayari Jones

January 18, 2018

My interview with my friend former grad school teacher Tayari Jones is online at Tin House. “I started thinking about other novels by women that questioned the idea that women’s first (and only) priority is to be a good wife and mother. These novels were primarily by white women. They just get tired of being domesticated and […]

The Paris Review // Interview with Madison Smartt Bell

May 9, 2017

I only took one creative writing class as an undergrad, but it was with the excellent Madison Smartt Bell and it helped to shape my entire writing life. The Paris Review has posted our recent conversation about his new novel Behind the Moon. I hope you enjoy it.

Tin House // Get Up Every Day and Do an Unseen Thing: A Conversation with Nicholas Mainieri

October 17, 2016

I first encountered Nicholas Mainieri’s fiction in those great baseball issues that Hobart used to put out every spring. His first published story “The Tools of Ignorance,” which appeared in the spring of 2008 and was titled after an old nickname for a catcher’s gear, carried itself with such authority and deep-in-the-grain understanding of our […]