An Interview with Eula Biss, The Believer, May 1, 2023.
BLVR: Plato wanted to get rid of poets because poets have the ability to ignite the passions and compel us to abandon our reason. . . . Your books, using the tools of the poet and the tools of reason, bring a thinking, feeling pressure to urgent and emotionally volatile questions.
EB: Yes. Feeling is a kind of thinking, and thinking often comes from feeling. That tension you noted in On Immunity around connectedness and disconnectedness—as you’ve observed, that’s a through line across all my work. Every book I’ve written is about relationships between people and the ways those relationships are threatened by institutionalized ideas. My long-term interest is in the forces that threaten human connection.
Read the interview here.