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Gary Shteyngart: Old meat. The Saul Bellow of meats. I don’t know. Sometimes I look at some of these writers, pictures of older writers, I just see all the meat that’s gone into them. Mordecai Richler, case in point. The man looked like a meat at the end of his life. I mean, you know, just put him on a grill and he’s served.
Malcolm Gladwell: Together we killed a goat.
Deb Olin Unferth: They [would] go into a tiny room off the kitchen that held only the TV and a small couch just big enough for the two of them (they were large people) and they’d sit in the dark, not moving, not speaking, the TV flashing, all the lights in the house off. It was a grim scene, man. The husband had obviously stopped speaking years ago beyond the grunts required to stay alive. It was hard to imagine a time when either of them had ever wanted anything. But who knows what pulse was beating in that room.
Tao Lin: Asking me those questions would be like asking a cat “do you think Philip Roth is a good writer or a bad writer who is important?” or something.
Joe Wenderoth: When watching TV, it’s like I become a fond memory of myself. Prior to any bout of watching, Joe Wenderoth lived a life; that life, during the watching, is over—but not annihilated. Instead, it sits comfortably somewhere behind my eyes. I know it’s there, but I rarely consider it. If I do consider it too much, that’s a sign that the show is not working, or that I am not currently capable of agreeing to be dead.