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  • -Our next guest is an author whose debut novel,

  • "How Much of These Hills Is Gold," is currently available.

  • Please welcome C Pam Zhang.

  • Thank you so much for being here.

  • -Hi, Seth. Thank you so much for having me.

  • -So where are you right now?

  • -I'm living in San Francisco right now.

  • -So I've talked to some other authors during this time.

  • Obviously, it's really exciting

  • to have a book like yours come out,

  • and usually you would be doing a book tour.

  • You are still managing to pull it off by doing a virtual --

  • I guess you would say virtual events.

  • How has that been?

  • -You know, it's actually been really lovely

  • because I think I, like many authors,

  • don't actually like being in the limelight.

  • So now, you know, only half of my body

  • has to be in the limelight, for one.

  • And it sort of gets rid of the one thing

  • that I least like about in-person events,

  • which is the question of, like, where do you look

  • when someone is, like, facedown reading out of their book?

  • So it's actually been nice in that way,

  • and I've had friends dial in from places

  • where they ordinarily wouldn't have been able to see me.

  • -Is it true that this is a story

  • that you never intended to be a novel?

  • -Oh, absolutely.

  • So I wrote the first chapter of this book

  • as a short story first.

  • And I really tried as hard as I could

  • to not make it into a novel,

  • because who wants to write a novel?

  • It just is such an arduous and backbreaking task.

  • But it was the situation

  • where I put the story away for a few months,

  • and the characters just kept showing up in my head.

  • And at last I was like, "Well, to get rid of you,

  • to exorcise you, in a way,

  • I suppose I just have to write the rest of your story."

  • -I'm always fascinated by writers' processes.

  • Yours is not to write in a specific place

  • or to write at a specific time.

  • But one of the things I've heard about you

  • is that you like to wait almost until the last minute.

  • Like, you like to think about it a lot before you write.

  • -"Thinking" is a little bit generous.

  • It's more subconscious and less, like --

  • you know, less thorough than that.

  • But I think that one thing that I've been really interested in

  • in the last few years

  • is sort of divesting from this cult of productivity

  • that I think we all live under.

  • And, you know, it makes sense if you're working a day job,

  • which I do.

  • But it isn't really a sort of format that applies to art.

  • I think for art, you do kind of have to wait

  • for the inspiration to strike.

  • You have to let all these, like, feelings sort of simmer

  • and build up inside you.

  • -I imagine that a lot of authors right now feel this burden of,

  • "Oh, my gosh, there's this time

  • that I can use right now to write."

  • Do you feel a little relief that you have to promote writing

  • you've already finished as opposed to --

  • Like, even I'm thinking,

  • "Oh, all these things I've wanted to write.

  • Now that, you know, I'm at home, I should get it done,"

  • and, of course, it's impossible.

  • -Right, there is definitely that expectation of people.

  • But, yeah, I just want to push back on that.

  • I just don't think this is the time --

  • I mean, everyone is sort of in some stage of grief.

  • Everyone is worried. You have so much anxiety.

  • That isn't the place where art is going to come from.

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