SPEAKING IN ITALICS

New Yorker fiction editor (and SLS Montreal special guest) Deborah Treisman sat down for a Q & A with Joyce Carol Oates upon the New Yorker’s publication of Oates’ “I.D.”  Treisman is an excellent reader, which makes her an excellent interviewer.  Her questions are smart, but always in the direction of a deeper understanding of the story; she never gets bogged down in theoretics or academicism, but concerns herself with the specific contours of the story at hand.  To read (or hear, via the New Yorker’s fiction podcast) her interviews is to see what it looks like to be deeply and properly engaged with a story.

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