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The Strangest Sort of Surgery: Mira Jacob

Snapping photos, finding Nigeria, and learning to write romance with the author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing.

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True-Life Magic: Mike Sacks on How Comedy Gets Made

From Mel Brooks to the writers of The Onion, a host of comedy scribes talk about the tricks of their trade.

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Of Marriage and Mistresses: Ted Thompson & Maggie Shipstead

Two young talents on home, gender, dachshunds, and the books they never expected to write.

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The 68-Year-Old Thrill Seeker: John Waters

The "Pope of Trash" talks about hitting the road and discovering America in his hitchhiking adventure Carsick.

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The Golden Bowl Cracks: Laura McBride and Eleanor Brown

What's the line between a writer's life and a writer's truth?  Two novelists pursue the "$64,000 question."

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Little Deaths: Walter Mosley on Pornography and Fiction

The author of the beloved Easy Rawlins series on patrolling a bold new beat: the adult film industry.

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Despair and Ecstasy: Lily King on Euphoria

The novelist on how an episode torn from the life of Margaret Mead blossomed into a novel.

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Write Your Biggest Idea: Smith Henderson and Phillip Meyer

Two of today's best young writers - and sometime collaborators - on ambition, the separation anxiety of finishing a novel, and American history's dangerous frontiers.

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No Time for Boredom: Geoff Dyer Goes to Sea

The British essayist on his U.S. Navy immersion.

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Writing Towards Surprise: Bret Anthony Johnston and Jennifer duBois

Two young novelists on alligators, MFAs, and the dangers of confusing fiction with fact.

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Twice Upon a Time: Hari Kunzru

The author of Gods Without Men looks for the music -- and multiple souls -- of a city.

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The Art of the Bluff: Colson Whitehead and The Noble Hustle

A novelist goes in pursuit of risk and reward World Series of Poker.

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Jo Baker & Evie Wyld: Stepping Out of the Story

Two novelists on the obsessions that give birth to fiction.

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George Saunders: The Kind Side

The award-winning author on Zen monks, the man in Anton Chekhov's closet, and the commencement address that became his new book, Congratulations, by the way.

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I Always Prefer Books That Are Inevitable: David Grossman on "Falling Out of Time"

The author of To the End of the Land returns to the grief of losing a child, in a poignant and richly lyrical dirge.

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