Interviews Archive

Interview: Jeffrey Yoskowitz, founder of Pork Memoirs

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

“I totally understand why so many Jews want to eat pork. Pork is a symbol of defiance. Secular Israelis eat it to make a statement and resist the religious hegemony of the Israeli government.”
When you ask a modern Jew about her relationship to pork the answer is often complicated. With SMITH Magazine’s “Six Words [...]

Interview: Adam Mansbach, author of Go the F**k to Sleep

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

“I never would have dreamed that this book would be the big hit. One constant in my career is that I’ve always written the shit I’ve wanted to write.”
Before Adam Mansbach wrote the children’s book for grownups, Go the Fuck to Sleep, he was, in his own words, “feverishly working on all kinds of different [...]

Interview: Diane Ackerman, author of One Hundred Names for Love

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

“I’ve always transcended best by pretending that I’m Margaret Mead viewing a scene for the first time or an alien from another planet regarding the spectacle of life on Earth and discovering how spectacular, unexpected, and beautiful it is.”
Diane Ackerman, bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses, An Alchemy of Mind, and The [...]

Interview: Meghan O’Rourke, author of The Long Goodbye

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

“Writing a book became my form of mourning—my mourning ritual. I was able to put my experiences into language, which would sometimes feel beautiful for me.”
Meghan O’Rourke, a much-lauded poet and literary critic, began her career as an editor at The New Yorker. Later, she became the culture editor and literary critic at Slate and [...]

Interview: MariNaomi, author of Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

“I really want to connect to people. I wasn’t going for shocking by any means. I want people to identify with it and share their own stories!”
MariNaomi, author of the autobiographical graphic novel Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, anticipated varying sorts of feedback when the book was released last month. [...]

Interview: Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones and Butter

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

“If you just tell the damn story from the beginning to the middle to the end, and you are authoritative about your subject—you know what it looks like, smells like, you know who, what, when, why–everything else will take care of itself.”
Gabrielle Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Blood, Bones and Butter: [...]

Interview: Caitlin Shetterly, author of Made for You and Me

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

“I wrote the book so that other people would feel less alone when faced with the isolation and pain that comes from economic collapse.”
For those who have known the particular pain of joblessness in The Great Recession, Caitlin Shetterly’s plainspoken memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home, is a much-needed [...]

Interview: Dan Dunn, author of Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation, and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy Hour

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Dan Dunn talks about his memoir, Living Loaded, and about what life is like as a booze journalist.

Interview: Andre Dubus III, author of Townie: A Memoir

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Andre Dubus III talks with SMITH about writing his memoir, Townie, his father, and masculinity in America.

Interview: Maxine Hong Kingston, author of I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Maxine Hong Kingston talks about her new memoir, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, and her various influences, from Walt Whitman to Virginia Woolf.

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