You realize that whatever myths you had built up about yourself overcoming adversity and turning into a great person are not exactly true. And I don’t think they’re ever true, maybe. Who knows if Mother Teresa wasn’t twisting fingers when she was an eight-year-old kid?Gary Shteyngart on researching himself.
I think for complicated cultural reason, there’s been a shift so that fiction has—instead of presenting itself in opposition—tries to compete, in a way, in terms of entertainment value. It attempts to retain the ancient virtues of fiction while trying to do this worthy task of trying to grab people’s attention in a world of divided or distracted attention.I interviewed Chad Harbach in Interview Magazine.
I guess there’s just no story if everyone is getting along and fine and highly functional and able to communicate their feelings.I interviewed Ben Marcus in The Rumpus.