When the stock market crashed, I knew it was the last thing I wanted to be.
I wanted a safe, stable life.
I had always been passionate about writing.
So, when I got a call from the publisher, I was like, “Holy shit, this is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
And that was my introduction to fiction.
After that, I wrote about everything from the aftermath of the recession to the death of my father to the rise of Donald Trump.
And I’ve been writing fiction ever since.
Pitchfork: When did you first hear the phrase “literary” in reference to writing?
Was it something you heard in a literary class?
A: I was in college and I had an art history professor who taught me about the history of literary works.
And he was like “If you want to become an artist, it’s important to understand how you use the arts to create works of art.”
And I was totally in awe of him.
He had a great vision of what the future would look like.
So, I had to figure out how to be a writer.
And the first thing I did was just write all the time.
After that, that was kind of my calling.
And it was very, very hard work.
I worked on everything from “The Lost Letter” to “The Great Gatsby.”
And eventually, I got accepted to Harvard.
But the work I did there was so much more.
It was so important to me.
I remember writing essays about everything I did for my thesis, “The Death of the American Novel.”
And when I was rejected, I went back to the library and looked up the essays I had already written.
And all the essays were written by other writers.
So that’s when I became a writer and started to write about all these different topics.
I just did it for a long time, and I think that’s why I’m a better writer now.
What is your favorite novel?
A, my favorite novel is, of course, “Citizen Kane.”
And then I’m in love with “The Black Hole.”
It’s my favorite film.
Do you have a favorite poem?
I like to think I have a lot of favorites.
I think I just do what’s good for me.
Which of your books have been your most popular?
A; “The New Colossus” has been a huge success and it’s one of my favorite books.
It’s really, really well written.
It deals with the nature of what it means to be human.
It explores the themes of racism and violence and war and everything in between.
And people just love it.
But I think my favorite book of all time is the “American Gods” series.
I was reading that book when I first got into it.
I’m still reading it.
And then when I started writing it, I just started writing the next one.
If you could write your own novel, what would it be?
A I think there’s a lot I don’t know yet.
I know I’m really, very good at creating worlds.
I love making stories that feel really real.
So I really don’t have a definite idea.
I don, like, know what I want to do with my own novel.
How do you feel about the idea of making a movie about the apocalypse?
A If I did make a movie, it would be like, if there was an apocalypse, who would be the heroes?
So I would have a very different role.
It would be a very special movie.
Have you read any of your own books?
A No, I don.
You were the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, but the National Book Critics Circle said that you have to go to the Pulitzer to win it.
How did that happen?
A Oh, yeah, that’s right.
I won the Pulitzer for the novel “Cigarette Smoke.”
And it’s a story about two brothers.
It came out in the New York Times Magazine.
I wrote it and it was an amazing success.
And they said, “We don’t need you to write a novel about the novel.”
So I didn’t.
It became the book that got nominated for the Pulitzer.
But I never wrote anything about it.