I've always wondered: is there really any access to the White House?

Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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The comic novels I did when I was in my 20s had a harder edge - less sympathy for people. Or a sympathy that was harder to detect: Characters' foibles and obsessive bents were unrelenting, like caricatures.

Shouldn't the cascades of extinction and rapid planetary warming register in our literature?

I wanted to write about this tropical honeymoon in part because I had the most drastically terrible honeymoon.

I'm not calculating enough in the way I approach writing.

Within the macho-melodrama tropes of the superhero genre, it's fair to say 'Watchmen' stands out for its rich entertainment, its darkness, and its lurid pleasures. Its vividly drawn panels, moody colors and lush imagery make its popularity well-deserved, if disproportionate.

The male domination and chauvinism of the comics form is either being wittily lampooned in 'Watchmen' or handily perpetuated, depending on whom you ask.

I don't like names that are clever or made-up sounding.

More than two million years ago, mammoths and Asian elephants took different evolutionary paths - and around the same time, according to DNA research, so did their lumbering relatives in Africa.

At writing workshops, they taught us to show, not tell - well, showing takes time.

We were a Seuss family. As a child, I read almost all of his books, but the one I loved best was 'The Lorax.'

I love irony.

If the dinosaurs are any indication, there's a place in our pantheon for the extinct. My son has a blue plushy allosaurus he calls Spot-Spot, with whom he often sleeps.

Most of my books have something to do with L.A.

When I was 16, I went to Berlin - West Berlin, since at that time a wall still divided the city - to live for three months with a family on an exchange program.