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June 20, 2005
Polymath: Betsy Carter

I wrote the memoir, and there are certain people I still expect to jump out of the bushes and kill me. This way, no one’s going to hold me accountable for anything.

June 20, 2005
Special Victims Unit

A pulp novelist goes literary.

June 13, 2005
Traveler: Paul Theroux

"I once spent an hour in an airport watching someone read a book of mine—watching him turn the pages and chew his lips."

May 30, 2005
Conversation: Francine du Plessix Gray and Sean Wilsey

All writers are hunters, and parents are the most available prey.

May 16, 2005
Agent Author: Neil Olsen

The idea that I would write purely artistically is a naïve idea.

April 25, 2005
Debut Novelist: Alicia Erian

"I don't know [if I was trying to shock people]. I just try to entertain myself. And I'm highly entertained by sex."

April 4, 2005
Go Figure

The book industry's new numerical populism.

March 28, 2005
Debut Novelist: Elizabeth Gaffney

"The thing that really focused me was the sewers, which hadn't been well documented fictionally. I guess you could say my mind was in the gutter."

March 28, 2005
Overheard: What the Audience Really Thought About Kinky Friedman, Mystery Novelist/ Would-Be Texas Gov.

That we're here in Chelsea, and we've all been waiting for an hour to meet a guy in a black cowboy hat, smoking a cigar, says something tremendous about America.

February 28, 2005
Austen Overload

Reading a great writer, without sense or sensibility.

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