Interview

Amitava Kumar

Style, whether in fiction or nonfiction, is always, always, always, the curry in which the goat gets cooked.

Anne Valente

I like not necessarily knowing the distinction between we and them, and the breaking down of borders that this allows.

David Blacker

Maybe we are fucked, it’s completely possible. Maybe there are structures that are more powerful than individual agency, or even collective agency to overcome in certain situations.

Chris Andrews

I read Bolaño first as a general reader, then as a translator, and finally as a critic.

Simon Critchley

Bowie . . . is the most important artist of the last forty years, for me, in any medium — any medium, books, anything.

Translation Questionnaire: Natasha Wimmer

A tentative translation is likely to be an uneven, unpersuasive one.

Robert Meister – pt. 2

In California belief in the goodness of our state universities is best understood as a civic religion, which makes it difficult when faculty like me and Chris Newfield try to tell the public that its universities have become worse

Robert Meister – pt. 1

In colloquial terms we say possession is nine tenths of the law — well the other tenth is reparations.

Paul Holdengräber

What we hide and what we try to obfuscate, what we avoid, the ways in which we deceive others and deceive ourselves — all this is so much a part of who we are.

Translation Questionnaire: Michael Emmerich

When we translate, if only for a time, we breathe that special air. And that air is addictive.