Ellen Ullman Interview

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Volume 1 converses with Ellen Ullman about her new novel By Blood, San Francisco, and whether Ullman’s old programmer habits surface while writing fiction.

“Code-writing, in my experience, is emotionally jittery. The machine keeps cycling back at you, back and back. Compilers don’t get tired. They keep sending you error messages until you get it right. The equivalent in writing would be if you were composing, and, each time you saved file, you would be battered with reviews.”


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →