“With writing, I don’t think it’s performing a character, really, if the character you’re performing is yourself. I don’t see that as playing a role. It’s just…
AUTHOR:Sheila Heti is interviews editor of The Believer. Her new book, How Should a Person Be? will be published in the US in June.
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3767 words)
I’ve known Jeffrey Eugenides for several years and in several contexts—first as one of his readers, then as a student of his at Princeton, and now as a friend. From the beginning of his novel The Virgin Suicides to the end of his most recent email, I’ve always been enamored of how vivid Jeff’s mind is and how clearly he seems to know what it is he wants to say. All of which made me excited not only to have an early look at his forthcoming novel Middlesex but to hear some of his ideas in this more formal context about writing and life.
PUBLISHED: Sept. 6, 2002
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5303 words)